Where to put a wood chopping station
When we first started
heating with wood, we sited our chopping station as close to the
woodshed as possible. While that made intuitive sense at the time, our new location
this year is a thousand times better. We have to pull the wood further
the first time in the wagon, but after that it's just a matter of hand
delivering split firewood over short distances. Step one --- stack the
wood on the edge of the porch. Step two --- carry an armload through the
back door and five steps to the wood stove.
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you're currently siting your chopping station, you'll want to consider a
couple of other factors as well. Unless your ground freezes solid over
the winter and stays that way for months at a time, mud around the
chopping block can turn into a major issue as you churn up the ground
cover with your busy feet. Not only is the mud messy and annoying to
work in, but your firewood also gets damp --- a no-no for optimal
burning. So try to site your block high and dry.
My final admonition ---
flying chunks of wood can also be a hazard to nearby plants, animals,
and structures. I've knocked over whole raspberry bushes with badly
placed firewood-chopping sessions. Don't repeat my mistake!
Mark's always improving
the ergonomics of our daily life like this so we work smarter rather
than harder. Of course, as our current chores get easier and easier, I
start thinking of other things to add to our work load. Better be
careful with the streamlining, Mark, or I may bring home a baby