Answer to reader questions.

Shoes from Cotton Traders – originally £22, but I used a 20% off and free delivery code to get them for £17.60

 Hello Dear Readers,

One of you asked yesterday why it took two of us to lift one log onto the log splitter, well, the answer is in the close up photo above of one log! It’s freshly cut Beech and is from a forty year old tree that blocked most of our view and all of our light after 10 am in the morning. It had to go and now we’re chopping it into logs to store to burn next year.

 Here’s the finished results and a mere fraction of the entire wood pile we worked our way through yesterday. Working with your own wood involved short journeys from one pile to another. This current pile, left exposed to the sun light and wind, will lose a lot of moisture in just a few week. We cover it in tarpaulines when it rains and then uncover when it’s dry. We’ll need to build another wood shed near to the house to store it in but as the garden is on a slope, we’ll have to carry the wood up, one basket at a time. It can stay where it is for a while. Dearly Beloved, who I can honestly say seems very happy to chop all of this wood, is also making sure I have enough kindling to light the fire for the week as I always try to get home before he does so I can get his supper ready.

Our solar battery charger is from Amazon (about £15…we’ve had it a while but only recently started using it) and we bought it with gift vouchers from my brief survey stint (not enough reward for the time as far as I’m concerned) and the re-chargeable batteries can be bought anywhere.

 We have a battery powered lantern from a car boot sale, I suppose it was originally bought for camping and we paid a few pounds for it. We mainly use it in the shed. We’ve brought it in recently and used it in the house as we’ve run it on batteries charged by the sun. We are doing everything we can to give as little money to the N Power as we possibly can. It seems to work and we have no complaints.

I’ll finish with my wood powered ‘tumble drier’ – three racks of washing drying around the wood burner. It was outside until mid day, the sun hadn’t shown up and there’s little breeze, so I’ve lit the fire and ranged the clothes around it to dry. Again, sticking it to N Power!

Until tomorrow,

Love Froogs xx

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11 thoughts on “Answer to reader questions.

  1. In Belgium where it seems everybody has a wood burner they have huge piles of wood stacked very high with only a cover for the top – all the sides are open to the elements and this apparently is the best way to season logs…we season in our garage when we are given bits of apple and plum tress that get lopped off – I have my neighbours trained up.
    Pallet wood if you ever find them free is excellent for starting up and kindling.
    And fir cones if you are out walking and find them…when I am out with my dog I go past a fir tree and I usually pick up only 2 or 3 but out of season it soon adds up.
    The other thing I wanted to mention to you is have you thought of making newspaper bricks? the 'brick' makers aren't too expensive but the kind of thing I would imagine you might see at a car boot…you soak newspaper in a bucket then make them….the draw back is drying them out – but I do plan to get round to doing this in the summer months when they can be dried outside… just a thought.

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  2. Good luck with your wood pile.

    We only have 1 storage heater on for the whole of each winter.

    Our tiny cottage stays nice and cosy using only wood and a tiny bit of coal.

    Pallets are great! Paper logs take time to do and we find they burn very quickly but if you have time….

    But logs are better and they burn for longer.

    Especially hard wood logs.

    But coal is the warmest for multi-fuel burners.

    Take care.

    Sft x

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  3. Oh, I so agree with you about the surveys. Just not worth the effort. I wish we had your stack of wood. Ours is slowly growing but we have to pay for it all. I have made logs out of newspaper and they dry quite quickly near the fire and burn well. So satisfying not having to pay those thieves the power suppliers for heat!

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  4. Just a tip from someone who has used a wood fire for 23 years. let the split wood dry out as much as you can befor you move it. it will be lighter then. Much better for your back.

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  5. A few years back I stacked a bush cord of wood myself. My poor back still hurts..LOL!! Though we use our woodstove only on weekends, it is great to know should we lose power in the winter(in canada)we will not freeze to death:)

    Liking those red shoes. You gotta look good stacking wood. June Cleaver would be proud.

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