Well, the firewood is all stacked and my final tally was 2.55 cords. That is a stack that measures 8.5 feet wide x 7 feet high x 5.5 feet deep. Since we made two stacks this size it is an impressive collection of wood. Some of the alder is damp and oyster mushrooms are popping out daily – very good eating!
We split the last of our next winter’s firewood today! Here I am surveying one of the piles. Our middle daughter and husband are living on our property and also heat with wood so there is another pile the same size at their house. I haven’t figured out how many cords yet – I’ll know after it is stacked but it looks like a lot of wood. I cut down nine dead or dying trees – alder, dogwood, hemlock, fir, maple and alder so a good variety. Now we can look forward to a cold, snowy winter.
For years now I had planned to repair the door to my workshop but I came to realize that the poor old door was too far gone to save. It had fallen victim to a momma bear that was very intent on getting into the workshop and the freezer we used to keep there. In the process she destroyed the octagonal window and removed the bottom panel of the door. Just before Christmas I built the new door and restored the old hardware.
Yesterday I got a belated start on my woodpile that I will use for heating the house this Winter. Usually I use windfalls, tree that fall during storms, but we didn’t have many this Winter.
Fortunately, or unfortunately – depending upon how you look at it, we had quite a few alders die due to heat and lack of rain last Summer. Alder is quite a nice wood to burn when it is dried properly – clean, easy to split and giving off a good heat. A green alder has about 30% water content. My wood will have to dry over the Summer and will get to about 11% which is good for burning cleanly.
I have cut four trees now, this photo is just one tree split up. It should last almost two months. I need two more stacks about the same size to get me through the year and I’m hoping the trees I have down will almost do it. I still have two months worth of firewood left over from last Winter so we should be in good shape.
A couple of posts back I posted a photo of a hemlock that had fallen in a storm. I have it all milled up and stacked now and I came out with a great pile of lumber. A variety eight foot boards ranging from 1×1’s right up to 2×10’s. The wood will stay under this shelter and air dry. The general rule is one year for every inch of thickness. This lumber will be used to build an unheated shed so it isn’t as important to be dried completely.