The Woodhouse

Our woodhouse is a 24′ x 24′ and about 30 feet high. We fill it every spring when the weather cooperates with dead wood that we find on the farm. Most all of it is from dead oak, ash, walnut or locust trees and we try to keep it under roof so that we have no reason to have flu fires during the winter.

This is what we had left over from 2019 winter.

First thing in the spring we start checking fences for downed trees on them. Those trees are blocked up and then cut for firewood.

This is one such tree.

This summer and fall a very good friend of ours came and cut trees that had fallen onto the pasture. Most of it was still on a stump so it will dry through this fall and winter as we use up the drier wood.

This is the wood he brought in and helped Eddie split. It’s now sitting on a heavy tarp and covered with another one.

Our daughter and son-in-law also brought us a huge pile of slabs and it’s in the woodhouse ready to use.

The slabs don’t hold a fire overnight but they’re great for the middle of the day to keep the fires going.

The woodhouse is full and we have a good start on the supply for winter 2021.

I know we’ll be warm and cozy all winter!!

2 thoughts on “The Woodhouse

  1. tonytomeo

    Thirty feet high?! Is that a misprint?
    Vegetation management has been a priority here since the CZU Fire, not just because of the combustibility, but because some of those who lost their homes to the fire now live in some of our otherwise unused cabins and lodges (and would be put off by our neglect of the surrounding forest). (Lodgings are unused because of the ‘other’ situation that keeps our facilities closed.) Cutting down trees produces a bit of firewood, which, even though it is unseasoned, is readily taken by neighbors. In California, fireplaces are just about illegal. It is ridiculous. Fireplaces are outlawed in new construction. Those that get damaged or ruined by earthquakes can not be repaired or rebuilt. Forests are ‘protected’ from responsible management. It is as if the so-called ‘environmentalists’ want everything here to burn. (Management is how we compensate for a lack of natural and frequent fires.) When I was a kid, a good volume of firewood came from the orchards that were displaced by urban development. No one tried to protect the trees back then, as the idyllic lifestyle of the Santa Clara Valley was destroyed. It is not as if fireplaces consume large volumes of wood here. Winters are mild. My neighbors used less than two cords annually for their warm home. I barely used a single cord!

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