It took me about 3 weeks to get all of the wood stacked in 95 degree+ heat this year. I do not recommend getting a wood delivery in August but I have a full six cords of wood stacked on my property. This year I took my time stacking the wood and knocking off any “punky” wood and getting rid of most of the bark on the wood chunks. My hope is I won’t deal with as many insects and all of the wood will dry/season better in the long run. I have good hardwood stumps in both wood areas for splitting wood into smaller chunks or into kindling. Starting off the wood heating season with a few weeks of good kindling and some of the split hardwoods chunks of wood feels good!
By taking my time to stack the wood I should not have to re-stack wood like I did in previous years. Mom jokes that my re-stacking wood is some sort of strange FALL/WINTER exercise program I do each year. I had a good size tarp I used on the wood pile that extended past the carport overhead cover and I think the wood will stay dry and season. This year my wood deliverer did not give me box of “kindling” but I have gathered a couple of good size boxes of “kindling” that should give me about 4-6 weeks worth of kindling to start off the firewood heating season. In September I’ll start making the paraffin wax/ sawdust fire starters for myself and Mom. While my wax melter does not add a lot of heat. I want to keep all heat sources in the house at a minimum when it is over 90 degrees F. outside.
I used a pressure “wand” to clean of the patio and two sides of the house. In my area the spiders seem to be working overtime setting up webs everywhere. I don’t mind spiders generally as they generally eat flies and mosquitoes, but the webs have become a bit annoying when walking onto the patio. I used a broom to clean the screens and it worked great! no need to remove a window screen, just brush it down outside with a broom! Fabulously easy job done with little effort. I’m still working on the glass cleaning with the 20% vinegar as the water rinse I use is full of ” hard water” but the window glass is getting cleaner using 20% vinegar.
Overall stacking the wood was the priority but I’m now free of that job. I got the job done. The wood is stacked and seasoning and that is what matters. I hit my goal of 6 cords of split ready to burn fire wood. How long it took me to get to the goal is irrelevant. Even if having 6 cords of firewood might be considered excessive by some people. It does not matter as I set a goal of 6 cords of firewood and I made it happen! Set your goals and make them happen. It’s okay to learn as you make goals happen. I’m a big believer on “learning” mile posts rather than time lines. If I am ignorant on subject? How can I set a time line for learning how to do any project?
For any project it is what works for you. You may have all sorts of limits of physical energy, lack of tools, and perhaps you just need more time to improve your skills and/or buy products or find a good contractor to do the job. There is nothing wrong with buying all the product you need for a job first and then save up money for a contractor to do the job.
Okay back to my reality. I got all of the wood stacked and mowed my lawn. I ordered a couple of gallons 30% vinegar to kill out the weeds. I’ll attack the Morning glory. Wish me luck… !