I said I’d meet winter with a full woodshed, and it looks like for once I’ll keep a work-related promise.
Got a good start on the final tier today. Cut some roadkill juniper this morning, then split and stacked it while the bread was rising.
By the second half of last winter I was depending more on scrap than juniper, and this fall I’ve filled about half the hoop shed with scrap cut to length. It burns a lot cleaner and makes much less mess, while delivering at least as much heat. But it is harder to come by and takes a lot more to make a cord. And it doesn’t smell as nice.
I estimate that filling the shed to the top should give me a fat cord-and-a-quarter. Definitely well over a cord, and it’s stacked honestly. Winters here are variable and episodic, and for the two winters that I’ve depended on wood I haven’t had any trouble cutting it through the winter. But there’s reason to believe this one might be memorable, and not in a good way. So for once I want to start the season ahead of the heating game.
Oh! And I got a nice surprise a couple days ago. This hasn’t been a good summer or autumn for money, and I’d given up hope of buying a fire grate for the stove. But my neighbor H is taking a welding class, and has been canvassing the neighborhood for projects. So I’m getting a custom-made grate made from hard tubular steel, that’ll only cost me a few bux for materials! Things work out if you embrace the chaos.