Stacking wood and firewood prep in spring

I know that it can be difficult to make a multi-year fire wood pile on a fixed income or tight budget. Just finding a good supplier of wood can take time and effort. Getting “cheap” firewood can end up costing more long term because the wood does not burn well and you need to use more wood or clean your chimney more often as just a couple of examples. Don’t pass up wood that may not seem like traditional firewood if you can cut/split it. In my area of SW Idaho there are huge commercial orchards full of cherry, apple, pear and other fruit trees and the trees are pruned in fall or spring for fruit production. Fruit woods make great firewood but you will get smaller limbs that often need cut to fit into a traditional wood stove. Also these are live trees the limbs are cut so the wood is very green/wet and needs a full year or more to season. The good news is most of the limbs are small in diameter. A small chain saw or bow saw can cut the limbs into woodstove lengths. Fruit woods take a little more effort compared to your average cut and split firewood but it can often be bought in smaller batches and hauled in a small pickup truck. You won’t get the bulk price of having several cords of firewood delivered but it is an option if you want to add a hardwood to your wood pile a little bit as money is available in your budget.

Stacking and seasoning your firewood: This is sort of a new issue for me as last year was the first time I had built up a multi-year stack of firewood. The issue is that once I stack up the firewood, my most dry and seasoned wood is buried in the deepest in the wood pile and the greenest/wettest wood is the wood is the first and easiest wood to reach in my woodpile. I have a lot of space for woodpiles but once you get 4-6 + cords of stacked wood on hand and get a delivery of another 2 cords of green/wet firewood storage and rotating your firewood becomes an issue. I have a solution to this problem by stacking this new two cords of wood in my original firewood spot before I started using the carport area to stack my firewood.

Stacking fire wood only needs 3 things; 1. Airflow to help dry the firewood. 2. Keep the wood mostly dry and protected from rain/snow wetting the fire wood. 3. Time to season for at least a year or two. I know that time to season firewood was the toughest item for me until I started using my carport area for firewood storage.

I use tarps to cover my woodpiles other than the carport area that provides cover against rain and snow. You want your wood pile to breathe/dry so don’t try and seal your wood pile against nature but allow it time to slowly season for a year or two. I have found Cedar fence materials do a great job as a roof over my kindling box and is still relatively cheap to buy at most big box stores it you want a more traditional looking and effective firewood storage area.

The last thing about firewood is the wood you can get is regional here in the USA. Here in Idaho the main fire wood is fir and pine as that is what grows locally. It does not matter that hardwoods burn better or have better BTUs as that wood does not grow locally. If you live an area that has hardwoods like maple , oak, ash or what ever hardwood for firewood good for you. But it is silly to say you need to burn such and such wood if it can’t grow or be harvest in a region. Would I like to pay $200.00 or less for a cord of hardwood absolutely. That happening in Idaho is miniscule. I bet you folks back east would like cheap cedar but that usually doesn’t happen either.

Update on Boomer the dog he had his first not pee or poo in the house day. At best the previous owner kept him as an outdoor dog or only walked him to go poo/pee outdoors. I’m leaning towards the first explanation. I caught him pooping indoors and move him outside just a couple days ago but that seemed to make the connection of what I wanted him to do for house training. I still need to work at giving Boomer a consistent schedule, that is my fault not the dog. Boomer got about 5 hours of time with my Mom’s terrier and while there a few mild doggie dominance issues. I was blown away how Boomer greeted Mom and was not fearful at all this second meeting. In less than 3 weeks Boomer has made progress is socializing with other animals and humans. He has developed a warning bark about people. I wanted a bark at strangers dog, but also a dog that accepted people that I indicate are safe. While it’s only been about 3 weeks Boomer seems to fit what I want in a small dog.

Boomer still needs to learn about interacting with cats as he goes into doggie play mode and Ash and Smokey don’t like doggie play mode. Tege the cat, just smacks Boomer’s nose when he gets in Doggie against Cat play mode. It is hard to blame Boomer for being a terrier and going after the cats when chasing small fury creatures is what terriers were bred to do as a job. I think the 3 days, 3 weeks, 3 months integration of a new pet has merit. It’s been almost 3 weeks and Boomer has moved from a terrified creature to roaming my backyard, socializing with new people, dogs, cats becoming house trained and barking to protect his space. It has not been perfect with Boomer integrating with the household. I knew it would not be perfect. It has been beyond good enough for the new doggo.

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