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Getting ready for winter

big pile of firewood

We got two small dump truck loads of firewood delivered yesterday for 300 dollars.

The guy at the hardware store looked at me funny when I told him this news.

"Don't you guys have plenty of trees you could cut down?" He inquired.

I then briefly explained how I've been converted by Anna to recognize how important a tree cover is for the wetland area we live in. If we cut down too many trees the fragile ecosystem could be damaged. I for one like to see the occasional blue heron and wood duck stop by for a visit along with hundreds of other signs of life in a swampy area.

Buying firewood feels like part of the price that needs to be paid if we want to keep our little piece of nature here humming along with such high levels of balance and harmony.

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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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How many cords do you think you have in two small dump truck loads? Will this keep you warm all winter or will you need more?
Comment by Sheila Sat Sep 18 19:01:51 2010

That's a good question. We got two truckloads last year, and it wasn't quite enough (although the two weeks without power required us to burn through a lot more wood than we usually would have during that time, and we also had a very cold spell immediately thereafter.) I think I estimated last year that the two truckloads was approximately 1.75 cords.

We've been cutting other wood too, to tide us over --- I'd say we've got about half this much already in our shed, and half this much again earmarked to be cut from deadfall along the driveway. All of that considered, I hope we'll have plenty!

Comment by anna Sat Sep 18 19:25:58 2010

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