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Winter is Coming

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by Sisu, May 22, 2013.

  1. Sisu

    Sisu Feeling the Heat

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    I just had to put that out there; not only for the Game of Thrones fans, but it is a motto that applies to all of us woodburners. It is something I say to my neighbours, when they ask why I am collecting firewood now.
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  2. bag of hammers

    bag of hammers Minister of Fire

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    Drove by a local lumber mill this morning - a big skid of h/w blocks stacked out curbside - now has my name on it, I'll be picking it up later this week (at least a couple trips with my truck). Probably will grab a couple more over the next month or so (as time permits). Cut and split some blow downs in the past couple weeks or so. Lots of big branches on the property from past winter, etc. and more dead standing on the back 40 - all going on the pile. Old man winter is just napping right now so I take any opportunity to fuel up early.

    The guy in the lumber mill tells me that people panic in November, and also at the tail end of the burning season (when they run short - particularly this year, where winter dragged on) - the skids seem to go fast at those times (gotta almost get there when they put them out). But thru the summer nobody bothers. It's kinda funny, but works out well for me. Great way to supplement the wood that I cut, without breaking the bank.
  3. Slow1

    Slow1 Minister of Fire

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    I know I feel as though I'm behind. I burned about 3 cords last winter and haven't yet picked up anything to replace it.

    I am about half though stacking my "ready to burn" pile next to the driveway (sort of like filling the shed with dried wood, but a tarp on top instead of a shed). I like to put 4 cords there in a big cube about 5-6' tall.

    Luckily I was more then 3 years ahead and burning less than I had budgeted for so I'm not going to be at a loss, but I still should at least stack some green to replace the volume I burned.

    Winter is indeed coming - and will certainly be here in a blink of an eye so if I don't stay on this I'll regret it eventually eh?
  4. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    Starts next month in Australia.
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  5. fossil

    fossil Accidental Moderator Staff Member

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    Couple nights of freezing temps here in Bend. Just to remind me what cold feels like, I guess. Like I need reminding. <>
  6. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    30's here tomorrow. Summer is not here yet.
  7. My Oslo heats my home

    My Oslo heats my home Minister of Fire

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    They are calling for a cool weekend here too. But as far as the topic is concerned I'm good for this years wood, all stacked and ready to go. Next years is fairly close to being ready too. The year after is still in log form, my summer work. Talk about peace of mind, feels good to know the winters fuel is a few feet from the back door.
  8. Woody Stover

    Woody Stover Minister of Fire

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    That strikes me as odd. Aren't hardwoods relatively scarce that far north? I'd think people would be grabbing that stuff any time of year...
  9. bag of hammers

    bag of hammers Minister of Fire

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    No shortage of hardwoods - we're not too far from Michigan ("Northern Ontario" is a big chunk of the pie). Quite a few outfits that deliver cut / split around here. I don't think we have any of the wide variety of hardwoods I read about here on the forum, but lots of maple, pretty good run of birch (my property is over 90% maple, + big ugly old yellow birch, etc.).

    Still, I don't get it either. I think the scroungers (like me) like it 'cause it's pretty cheap, and it is nice clean stuff (no bark, dirt, etc.). But I think many people just put it out of mind until the sh$t (weather) hits the fan, and then they go on a tear. These are the folks that procrastinate, wait for it to get cold, then go load up, take it home, and throw it in the stove that day (from what the guys at the mill tell me anyway, they see a lot of that). They do tell people it needs to dry, but I guess folks don't always wanna listen. I find some that burns beautifully after a year, some pieces gotta sit for a couple years (probably since it's a mix of hardwoods..?).

    I'll do more dry-by's over the summer, and I'm sure a couple more skids will come home with me. The others can fight over it in November :)....
  10. Don2222

    Don2222 Minister of Fire

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    Hello

    Now is the time for any gasket replacement or stove painting while the stove is not cranking away! Nothing like a good coat of paint at the beginning of summer to not only keep the rust away but make it look cool too!
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  11. My Oslo heats my home

    My Oslo heats my home Minister of Fire

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    I have to agree with you Don, best time to get things ahead and ready for next season. Not to mention, while doing so you can manage to catch any needed repairs, upgrades etc.
  12. ScotO

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    Good reminder, Don. I'll be putting new gaskets on the door and on the window of my Napoleon 1900P.....she's long overdue....
  13. Knots

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    You can always tell who the pros are - they're the ones setting up wood in the spring, or other times with a big pile already put back. Other people feel the first cold night in October and start thinking about getting some wood...
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  14. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Do you mean like this Knots? Date on picture is May 1. Notice there are a couple wood piles behind there. There is even more behind there that you can not see. Then there is more by....oh well, never mind. We have plenty.

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  15. Knots

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    Very nice...

    I used to live just outside NYC. Very few people heated primarily with wood. In the spring it was a wood scrounging bonanza 'cuz very few people thought about firewood. Come October, they would be calling around and looking.

    Now, living in Maine, more than half of the people around me heat with wood seriously. Once the snow receded, everybody was out cutting, hauling, and splitting...
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