A couple nights ago I am moving some wood into the barn and the neighbor came over asking questions about cleaning the chimney. Well, they've had a bit of bad luck lately and I told him there was no sense in buying a brush and rods so just told him to take ours. I told him what to do and away he went. I could have helped but he has a really short chimney that is a straight run so figured it would take him 10 minutes at most. It took him about 5 and he was very happy in the end. Good to help a neighbor but...... He started burning wood out of necessity last winter. Picked up a stove for a song and a dance and installed it. It is really a sad thing but helped them out a lot on the cost of heating. He has 10 acres of mostly red and white oaks. He figured there was enough down and ready to burn that he'd be okay but I quickly offered him some good dry wood. He burned his oak. He got a lot of creosote from the chimney and is good to go now except.....he has no wood ready to burn except a little he has for the outdoor fires they have quite often. So, I suspected he would be out cutting wood yesterday (don't work on Friday) and today. Maybe tomorrow. However, I have not heard a saw running yet. Isn't this typical of most folks? He'll cut only when he absolutely has to. He was cutting just a little bit on weekends last year and suspect he'll do the same this year. Cut enough for a week.... This really makes me sad and is awful to watch especially knowing he has 3 young children in the house along with a wife. I was amazed they made it through last winter and am hoping they do the same this winter. I have told him where I keep the brush and rods and suggested he clean monthly this year. Time will tell... Just another case where it should be done ahead of time. He doesn't have much sunshine where he could stack the wood but there is plenty of wind. But sometimes you just can't teach people the right way of doing things. How about your neighbors? Do they cut before it is needed?