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Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by eujamfh, Nov 4, 2010.

  1. eujamfh

    eujamfh Member

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    Well, I am watching the temps in the states all get to the burn season point...and I am jealous. I am currently with the military deployed to Afghanistan for a year long deployment. Been here since spring, and will remain until the spring 2011. Before I left, I was able to get about 12 cords c/s/s. Mixed woods, oak and poplar mostly for the wife. I tried to get two years put up (we burned close to 7-8 cords the year before I left) since I will not be back till spring, and scrounging will be a full court press to get a second year up. That will only give me a year and a half drying before the 2013 season...not what I would like but being away is the nature of my job. Plus, I stack in an area in the shade, so my drying times are slow. Oak is at least three years.

    Hopefully before I leave in the Spring I will have come luck posting on CL looking for a tree service to dump in the driveway. That way, when I get home I can get some quickly c/s/s so I don't end up with wet wood the following year. Wife would kill me to have someone dump now since it would just be a mess in the driveway for her and with two little ones, and a full time job...her days are full enough.
    No complaints, I love my work, but definitely miss being with the family...and my wood and fire addiction!

    We have internet here...and I am on the site each day. I am even so hooked I look at my local CL ads to see the scrounges I am missing! I tell you, its a disease.

    So when you guys (and gals) get the blues, just remember you are probably within hours of your stove, wood and of course family. And when I get the blues...I look at all the little Afghan kids over here, and remember just how lucky I am and how lucky my kids are...being born in the states (or any developed county) gives you a life that many in the world will never see. I count my blessings over here with each waking day. Remember to do the same, with your family...hopefully in front of a roaring fire!

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  2. Got Wood

    Got Wood Minister of Fire

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    Good luck to you over there - nothing you could do to be more proud of. Your perspective is a good reminder to us all.

    Do you find your self looking at trees there too? Are there any/many?
  3. SolarAndWood

    SolarAndWood Minister of Fire

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    Thank you for your service and good luck to you. Hopefully the area scroungers you compete with will go easy on you when you get back in the Spring.
  4. CodyWayne718

    CodyWayne718 Feeling the Heat

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    + 1. OP, your post about brought tears to my eyes. More of a man than I.
  5. NH_Wood

    NH_Wood Minister of Fire

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    As others have said, thank you for your service to our country - thank God for men like you. Be safe and return soon! Cheers!
  6. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    Thank you sir, for your service.

    And don't sweat the firewood. The trees ain't gonna leave. ;-) . They will be waiting for you when you get home.
  7. Dakotas Dad

    Dakotas Dad Minister of Fire

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    Unless someone has lived it, it's hard to understand the concept of trying to ensure everything is ready to keep going for months or years at a time, without any help from you. When I was RDF in the 80's, the phone could ring at anytime, and I was out the door and on a plane in 2 hours or so.. could make a touch and go, could land anywhere on the planet.. she hated that, but it was just part of the job. We got through it. Now the reward is that, well, I am home all the time. I think she likes that....

    It's almost the reverse now.. she may wake up any morning and find she has a message and flight plans/rental car/ hotel laid on for the next day(s) anywhere in the country.. BUT.. she gets paid a whole lot more than I did back then..lol, and I can go with her, if nothing else is in the way..

    Keep your head down, know your family misses you, and we are all proud of you.
  8. My Oslo heats my home

    My Oslo heats my home Minister of Fire

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    I applaud you as well as the other responses here, thank you for your service and please come home in once piece, alive and well.
    To respond to your stove affliction, you must feel fortunate you still get to (from the middle east)share your thoughts and feelings on
    what some consider a "craft" or an "art" of sorts. Most folks have their oil burners serviced once a year and when it gets cold they
    just click the switch to ON. Folks like you and I and the people in this forum think of wood burning year round. In the off=season
    finding wood, splitting, seasoning, stacking etc etc...Best part is, we love to do it. Before you know it you'll be home sharing the
    'good feeling' you get from your stove again, you and the family.
  9. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    Good luck and stay safe.
  10. madrone

    madrone Minister of Fire

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    Much appreciation for the work you do. I thought it was hard on me missing a good scrounge by a few minutes, but missing it by thousands of miles must be rough!
  11. corey21

    corey21 Minister of Fire

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    Good luck be safe.
  12. sixman

    sixman Feeling the Heat

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    Former 160th SOAR,, I wish all Americans could see what you, me and all soldiers that have deployed have seen. We have it so good and don't even know what a hard life looks like. Many Americans think that they are roughing it when they take their lunch to work in a paper sack to save money and not eat out. If you had seen those hard places you would know that that ziplock bag and brown paper sack are still usefull and would not end up in the trash. They would be used again and again until worn out. Cups and water bottles used and reused until they will not hold water and then used as shoes until worn out. This is a great land to live in and thank you for your service. You now know what so many don't and you will never forget it.
  13. RoseRedHoofbeats

    RoseRedHoofbeats Feeling the Heat

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    I come from a military family, and I echo the sentiments here- we're very grateful for you and your service, and I hope your family will be warm and safe, and that you can return home soon!

    ~Rose
  14. eujamfh

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    Thanks for the kind words. I always appreciate folks support, but it always feels funny. For me joining the service was what I knew I had to do...made that decision over 20 years ago and never thought there was anything else that would be "right" for me. The military has been very good to me over the years.

    GotWood - There are some trees over here, but most have been cut for lumber or heat. It is getting cool here, and the folks will burn anything and everything to keep warm. Air quality is horrible.

    Madrone - you can not imagine the "suffering" when I saw a load of oak and hickory less than a mile from the house...with drive up access to the wood! Even stated they would help load.
  15. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    eujamfh, good luck to you. I really do wish we lived closer because then I would make certain your wife did not have any concerns with firewood as I would happily supply her with all she needs until you return. I'm wondering if any forum members live close by and could possibly help out. How about it guys?

    Thank you for serving.
  16. sixman

    sixman Feeling the Heat

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    Good idea Savage! But how about someone stop by and mow the yard, mulch the leaves, take the kids fishing, get the grocery shopping list from Mom and go get it for her;Vets get it, when I am out at eating places, getting a hair cut or in the store, I always pay for the man in uniform, in silence if I can. I did my part and now they are doing for me and my kids. Pay sucks, can't put a " Thanks for your service " in the electric bill envelope. If you see them out in your daily life, show your thanks by paying their way secretly. It feels good and it does not make them awkward.
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    EUJAMFH, Thank you for your service to our nation! Good luck and godspeed!
  18. sixman

    sixman Feeling the Heat

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    Like the signature big tall! Me too x2!
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    wendell Minister of Fire

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    AS others have said, thank you so much for your service and for your post. My SIL just got home from Afghanistan and it is so nice to have her back and glad that you will be home again, soon. Take care!!
  20. eujamfh

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    Savage and sixman - thanks. My wife is a trooper and pretty much has the bases covered. We are fortunate that money is good for us - nice home, bills paid, kids doing well. The items the wife can not get to we out source. Since we are both working, we are lucky to be able to do that within our budget. We both come from fathers that taught us to be self sufficient as much as possible. Much like everyone here on this forum. Never ask for a hand unless you absolutely need it, and there are others in the military who truly need help like many of of junior enlisted folks. This far, we are doing well but I truly appreciate your thoughts.

    Sixman - what you do is really nice for uniformed folks and it is appreciated. I was once in Thailand, and this older gentlemen came over to us, asked if we were Yanks and then thanked us for our service. He Belgian village was liberated by the US in WWII, and 50 years after, he was still thankful. We went to leave the bar/restaurant, and to our surprise, he covered the tab. He must have left a mess of money, because he left an hour or so before us, and the owner did not ask for a dime.

    For us, burning is not a required means of heating our hose, though we try our best because we love the heat, I love the work, and as everyone here knows, there is a satisfaction that comes with finding, bucking, splitting, stacking and then enjoying wood heat.

    I am sure things will work out for me to get a score or two when I get home. But my wife thinks its weird that I long to get home...to work on the wood pile!
  21. shawneyboy

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    As others have said thank you for your service. My son is in "A" school for Navy as we speak. He went MA so.... he may be coming over with you soon. Stay safe.
  22. Backwoods Savage

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    You are very welcome. I'm happy for you that those needs have been met. But I still wish I were closer and I'd still supply her with all the split and stacked wood to fill her needs.

    Good luck to you and your fellow service people. Happy Thanksgiving to all.
  23. shawneyboy

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    +1,000,000,000 to that !!! Been doing that for years now !!! I am so glad there are others like me. I have had many an occasion where I have seen there faces when they ask for the check at a restaurant, and are told that it was already taken care of by another patron. They appreciation is all over their faces. I hope others on this forum will do the same for all of our uniformed personell.
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    Savage, you must have been reading my mind! I've a spare cord for them. I just don't know how I'd get to them?
  25. Backwoods Savage

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    Geeze Marlin, maybe we should make a long drive. lol

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