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February firewood

Firewood on the porch

Snow shadowsPeople in our neck of the woods know what porches should be used for in the winter --- firewood storage.  Mark and I like to split and stack at least a week's worth of firewood to sit on the edge of the porch for easy access to the trailer, and you can tell we're on the upswing of the season when the pile gets higher every week rather than lower.  We split the same amount of wood, but burn less.

The woodshed, on the other hand, is starting to look pretty sparse.  But now that the subzero weather appears to be behind us, I know we'll definitely have enough of the good dry wood to last at least until March.  If previous years are any indication, firewood will become more of a treat than a necessity then, with warmer days heating up the trailer via our south-facing banks of windows and with weekly lows rarely dipping below the twenties.

In fact, next week is supposed to look a lot like March, but my weather guru tells us not to get too excited.  He forecasts at least one more cold snap before February is out.  Maybe that will be the impetus we need to start getting in next year's firewood sooner rather than later.

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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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