Finished the juniper piles in the yard…

…and once I got it stacked it didn’t come to nearly enough.

So I have a bunch of other juniper chunks stacked elsewhere; it was cut green but has been curing for four years or more and should be fine. I brought back a little bit and cut it, and it looks cured clear through. The acid test of that, of course, is a fire in the woodstove – but I haven’t actually lit the stove yet. I really don’t want to end up with a tier of fireproof wood in the shed, but this weather won’t last forever and I need to finish cutting and stacking wood. Unless it’s a very mild winter, which happens but is not the way to bet, I don’t have nearly enough put away for the whole season.

Since this hasn’t gotten complicated enough yet, I got an email from Ian yesterday wanting me to edit another Headspace manuscript. This one is on handheld railguns and appears to be geeky in the extreme, which means it will take all my attention to do my job right. Plus the file is huge and so far I haven’t even been able to download a copy. So part of me says I should just put the generator and saw back under cover until I get these outside issues sorted, and part of me wants the world to go away while I sort out my firewood woes.

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10 Responses to Finished the juniper piles in the yard…

  1. Chris says:

    do both – get the deadline from Ian and spend part of your days editing and part of your day cuttin’ and stackin’… buit i totally get it about the world going away, at least for a day or two

  2. Anonymous says:

    Making the world go away for awhile would be nice.
    Tree Mike

  3. Ben says:

    If it really takes 4 years to season Juniper wood, that means that you need to be acquiring wet wood now for use in 2027? This hermiting thing takes lots of forethought!

  4. Joel says:

    🙂 I don’t really think it takes a whole four years. I figured it would take at least two, maybe three years. But I just didn’t need them last year.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Burn that Juniper HOT or your fears of a chimney fire will become real….

  6. Klaus says:

    Ouch. Whats the plan..extra propane? Unfortunately coming up short on fuel/wood is not remotely an option here. I need 5-7 seasoned cord wood a year and it’s tough staying a year ahead but the alternative is not to my liking.

  7. Joel says:

    Yeah, but this isn’t consistently cold country. If I have a single solid cord I’m really fine. Most of the cabin’s heat comes from the big south window – On most days I only need wood to take the night’s chill off the inside.

  8. Anonymous says:

    The climate has been in a cooling cycle, as predicted many years ago. I’d lay in more, if possible.
    I wonder what effect the water volcano will have on winter. Here in S Texas, we’ve been having highs in the 80’s for weeks now. It should still be in the mid-high nineties.
    Next up: Earthquakes! Locusts! MCE!!1!

  9. Albert says:

    Just out of curiosity, what’s the maximum volume capacity of the woodshed?

  10. Joel says:

    8X8X4, or two tight cords.

To the stake with the heretic!