I finished stacking the last of the Douglas fir. I’m a little sore and tired, but it sure feels good to have all of the wood under cover. I have never had a problem with theft here and fire wood in May is not a high value item subject to theft. It just makes me feel better, when a person can’t see wood lying around the alley. Another advantage of having the wood stacked is I can start planting the Mossy Rose/Portaluca and sedums in the alley area I have been covering in wood mulch. I have had some success growing sun chokes and the sedums in the mulched areas of the alley. I have seen Sunflowers grow along the border areas of the alley and fences. So there are a few plants I can plant that hopefully will start replacing the the weeds. This year I’m going to add some dirt and compost to those alley planting areas and I can water those areas through out the summer. The weeds this year seem to be bad along the edges of where I laid down mulch and rock.
It might be Karma, now fire wood suppliers are calling me to take loads of wood. I got scammed a few years ago on a fire wood delivery when I paid cash up front. I learned and usually do a pay half now and pay off the delivery in cash when delivered. Today I got a call from my primary wood supplier to take early delivery of 2 cords of poplar. I suspect the supplier has a lot of poplar and needs to free up some work space as many people don’t buy poplar or any kind of firewood in May or June. Any hoo I have another 2 cords of cut and split poplar to be delivered on June 7th but I can’t pay for the wood in July. It really feels good that my wood supplier trusts me to pay after I have the wood delivered to my home. This capitalism at it’s finest as both the customer and the business work with each other for mutual benefit.
As for the other wood delivery it was cheap wood because of the price and they were honest about the wood being delivered was not a true cord for $125.00 per “cord” nor was all of the wood cut and split to fit in a wood stove. While I don’t think I’ll buy more fire wood from that supplier. I will say they were very honest about the firewood quality and why it was offered at such a cheap price. This person also called me back to take another delivery of their fire wood. If someone asked me about getting some cheap fire wood fast I would show them the wood and let them decide if it worth $125.00 a “Face Cord” delivered. I don’t think I got screwed on this wood delivery. It is just a bit daunting the work I have to do to get Mom her wood and get the carport area prepared for 2 cords of poplar in about 2 weeks.
With all those caveats stated I’m sort of looking forward to splitting that wood and stacking it. While there are a few chunks of wood that need a chainsaw to cut to length, there is a lot of hard wood that just needs to be split to make a long burning fire. My “redneck” is coming out as I have a new splitting maul/axe in the 3.5 pound range that I want to try out splitting those hard woods using a 3 pound sledge. I tried out the 3.5 splitting wedge on a small piece of poplar and it split the wood. The wedge will do better when sharpened.
Some times you can get screwed and all you can do as look at that situation is a learning experience and not do that thing again. I’m a firm, believer in “what comes around goes around”. Learn from my mistakes but don’t think all people are evil because some people do evil. Also don’t be dumb like I was, and always hold back about 50 % payment on any job. It does not mean you won’t get screwed but at least the cost is lower. 80% of all people you meet are great, that 10-20% of assholes are very annoying.