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Emptying woodshed as March roars in

March woodshedUnless March changes personalities fast, we're going to run out of dry wood just a hair before we run out of cold weather this year.  While that sounds like a bad thing, this past winter is the first one where I've kept the trailer warm all the time (above 55 most days and above 40 most nights!), so I consider it a major success.

On the other hand, I still don't know how much wood we burn per winter.  As usual, we went into the fall with our woodshed only partially full and had to hire Bradley to cut up a huge standing sycamore to make up the difference.  As we split the sycamore, we stacked it directly on the front porch, so I never got a measurement of the amount of dry wood we started with, either in cords or as a fraction of the woodshed.

My goal is for the winter of 2013-2014 to be the one where I actually get an idea for how much wood we burn.  To that end, we've already got a couple of rows of walnut and box-elder in the back of the shed and will be filling up the rest as soon as the floodplain becomes passable and the golf cart comes back into action.  I've really enjoyed having dry wood all winter this year, so hope to fill the shed in time to have the same luxury next year.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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