Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Keeping Warm in Winter



(This picture can be enlarged by clicking on it.)

My Bride likes a fire in the fireplace in winter, and I must admit that a fire helps keep the house warm. This truckload of wood was dumped in our yard in September, and I got warm stacking it. I can also keep warm by splitting some of the larger pieces.

This is actually the wood we'll use next year. We try to stay a year ahead so the wood will dry completely and burn well.

31 comments:

Mildred said...

I know how Betsy loves a fire in the fireplace. With the cold weather we have experienced this Winter, I'm glad you have a good supply of wood.

Thoughtfully Blended Hearts said...

Looks like a "labor of love" to me George :-)

diane b said...

You are a good groom. How do you keep it dry from rain and snow?

Sandra said...

well now we know you will not freeze to death even if the power goes out. that is a lot of wood. i love a fireplace to. if we did not have the dogs, i would buy a freestanding firepit for the back yard, but Jake is way to curious for that.

Debbie Smith said...

You're a good man, George!

Pam said...

Hi George, I have not so fond memories of chopping and splitting a cord of wood.. but it sure kept us 'snug as a bug in a rug' all winter long.

warm hugs,
Pam

Sunny said...

I love a fire in winter but chopping and stacking firewood is a chore! Well, my husband chops and I stack - haha!
☼ Sunny

Kim, USA said...

Hi George, we are using firewood too. First, we don't have a propane or natural gas bill. Second, the sound of a firewood flickering with a book and a hot cocoa makes me feel really good in this tiresome wintery weather. By the way, I am very good in splitting wood operating our huge splitter. But one time I missed taking out my index finger and the splitter crushed my finger!! Good thing I was the one operating the machine, but I screamed and cried so much, hubby saw my whole hands trembling with the gloves still on, he was so shocked too he couldn't dare to take out the gloves he thought I have a damaged and crushed finger. Thankfully no major repair, no blood what so ever I am so lucky lol!!
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Small City Scenes said...

I can see that you are keeping warm even outside, chopping, stacking, bending, stretching. Good exercise too. I like a fire too but don't have that wood. I have a wood stove and a fireplace which I should utilize more.
Poor Kim I hope her finger is ok. MB MB

Maria said...

I agree with the 2nd comment - really "labor of love"...

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imac said...

You wood show this George, lol.
Nice - you keep stacking.

Pat - Arkansas said...

I'd like a fire in the fireplace, too --- if I had a fireplace! I have to visit either my son or Gardening Daughter to enjoy a wood fire.

I'm glad you didn't have to cut up that big pile of wood, George.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

I can hear that fire crackling right now. :)
Ruth

A Lady's Life said...

Your bride is a romantic woman lol
I also love a good crackling fire and the smell of wood as it burns and inspires life and living.
It also brings to mind the life of our pioneers and the lives of Indians who learned how to live and respect the land and the animals.
We need to plant a lot more trees and love and respect our land, continent and planet.
According to stats, each person should plant 350 trees in their lifetime. Can you imagine how great that would be if the whole world did that?

Fred Alton said...

Great picture, George, as usual. I want a log-splitter for next fall up at the cabin. We have plenty of wood available for the taking. But like you said, splitting it can work up a sweat and I don't need that. ha.

KathyA said...

We're almost through our third cord!

Jen said...

Years ago my hubby cut and split and sold wood, for a hobby. That didn't last long. :)

teri said...

With a wood pile like that there is no need to worry about getting enough exercise- enjoy the fire!

Leovi said...

Very good supplies, brides have to keep warm, if not ... you know ...

Ryan said...

Good thinking George, stay ahead. There's nothing more homely and cost than a roaring log fire during winter.

Ginny said...

There is cut wood around here everywhere, George! And also sitting in people's yards with price signs in front! And of course I've been snapping like crazy!! I've never seen a year for wood like this in over 40 years here.

THE OLD GEEZER said...

That should last a week or two :-)

LV said...

Nothing better than a fire place. I live in front of mine, but it has gas logs. I could not handle wood, but sure enjoy the smell of it.

SandyCarlson said...

This winter has brought us a longterm cozying up to the fire! Enjoy!

Brit Gal Sarah said...

Wow! You are quite some devoted hubster George! I would love to have a real fireplace.

A Brit in Tennessee said...

There is nothing more cozy than a real wood-burning fireplace, I love the smell of the wood wafting through the winter air...
Your a good 'un George :)
~Jo
x

Craver Vii said...

I have a friend who heats his home with a wood burning stove. He hosts our small group Bible study, and the fire is great for the ambiance of our meetings.

Every time he has a batch delivered, we have a wood stacking party, where our labor is rewarded with burgers, brats and beans. Good times!

Janie said...

That's a huge pile of wood! Betsy can look forward to many winter fires.

Loren said...

You are a good man Geoge! I have one just like you :) He keeps our fire warm and crackling on these cold winter nights :) I am sooo very thankful!

Haddock said...

The perfect heap to look forward to for the next year.
Like this photograph.

Lrong said...

Greetings from Japan... we are just about to install a wood stove and are really excited about it... is the one you have an open fireplace?