So, I'm down to the last 1/10th of a cord of wood at the house, planning to move another cord up from the wood lot tomorrow. The pickings are getting slim, as I'm finding a lot of what's left up at the house was split too big to season in the time I had. So, I'm sitting here waiting for a fire to take off (slowly) again, with splits that were too big and wet, when I smell what really seems to be the odor of a dead animal. This wouldn't be the first time we found a dead mouse in the basement, but I hadn't noticed the smell when I went downstairs to fetch wood, and it really seemed to be coming from the area around the wood stove. With this particular load being so extraordinarily slow to take off, I began envisioning a dead animal trapped in our flue pipe, when I saw it... a dead stink bug, laying belly up on top of the stove. He must've fallen off a split when I was loading thru the top-load door this morning, and he was just lying there, roasting. Let me tell you, if you think squashed stink bugs smell awful, you haven't experienced anything until you try roasting them in your living room!