To be fair, I do love snuggling up by the fire and reading a good book, or cuddling with Cody and the dogs. It is romantic and ideal in many ways. It is also a huge amount of work though. Aside from cutting the wood, which we did only a minimal amount of this year because of how late we moved in, there are many other chores. We clean the inside of the stove each morning before starting a new fire and this requires venturing out into the brisk morning air to dump the ashes into our designated ash bucket, which never sounds fun at 5 o'clock in the morning.
The biggest chore that we are focusing on now is stacking the wood. It took us quite some time to stack all of the wood that we had acquired for the winter. Many, many hours of serious manual labor were put into this endeavor. We have stacked about seven face chords of wood total (I think). We don't fully know how much wood we will need for the winter, but we are crossing our fingers that we don't need to find more mid-winter.
Half of our wood went into our hut, which is an insulated building that sits next to our house. It actually has electricity and heat, so it has been used as a "tiny" house before, but we needed a designated wood shed. It's the perfect place to keep the wood dry.
The other half of the wood is stacked on top of pallets on the opposite side of our house. The stacks that are outside are covered with tarps to help keep the rain and snow off of the logs. We plan to gradually move more logs into the hut as winter progresses. We may start moving them sooner though. Wet wood is a big worry.
We also keep about 40 logs in the house at one time. These logs sit in a small wood closet next to our front door. Typically, we have been hauling these in on Sunday, but I assume this will get more frequent now that the temperatures are dropping drastically. I anticipate that we will have to fill it 2-3 times per week, but at this point it is all guesswork for us. Lots of guesswork is going into keeping the house heated right now. I've heard from others who heat exclusively with wood that it takes a while to figure out what is right for your house. Here's to hoping that we figure it out soon!
Your turn...Have you ever heated your home with wood?
Currently listening to...American Heartache - The Wood Brothers