A few days ago, we had one and a half cords of sawed and split firewood delivered. We buy a load of green, unseasoned wood every spring, then let it season until the next winter.
(Green wood is cheaper and more readily available than dry, seasoned wood.)
So two days ago, my husband and I spent a large part of the day moving that firewood from the pile where it had been dumped into our woodshed, where it was carefully stacked and left to dry. The ground in the woodshed was very muddy from snowmelt, so this was an extremely dirty job.
A cord of wood is 4 ft x 4 ft x 8 ft. (4 ft is 122 cm.) This is a lot of heavy wood, and it is a lot of work to move and stack it!
We were quite tired and sore when finished, but now we have our firewood ready for next winter. When you live in a place where winter low temperatures routinely fall below zero Fahrenheit (-18 Celsius), you plan ahead to make sure that you will be warm!
Our woodstove is capable of heating the whole house if necessary, though we usually use it as a supplement to our oil furnace. We've found that we use much less furnace oil when we run the woodstove regularly, and we can afford to keep the house warmer than we could if we only used oil.
Wood is so readily available in Vermont that uncut, unsplit wood is pretty much worthless. I found this out when we hired someone a few years ago to remove the aspen tree that fell on our garage, punching a hole in the roof and blocking the garage entrance. He removed the tree and sawed it up for us to use as firewood. The cost of getting our own tree cut was about the same as buying the same amount of already-cut wood from elsewhere.
Getting a chain saw is now on our list of tools to purchase in 2021. If you have wood on your property, it makes sense to do it yourself. But it's hard work, nothing like turning up a thermostat on the wall when you want heat!
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