Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Fee Fi Fro

We go through a lot of kindling as we heat the main house with wood. I tried a new method for me which utilizes a block of wood at the right height, a rubber tire to contain the cut blanks and a Fro to make them. From there the blanks are cut into kindling and stored in 20 liter ( five gallon) plastic pails. Just throw the kindling in, give it a good shake and it all gets standing up nice..

It really speeds up the process. Any parts that have larger knots in them get cut into small sticks about 1-2 inches in diameter. One thing that has made the process of heating with wood a lot easier is learning to make an upside down fire. Forget the teepee fire they taught you in boy scouts. An upside down fire is just that: start by laying down the big wood, then some smaller, then some kindling, twisted newspaper and some more kindling and set a match to it. Voila, no problem with drafts, the fire is loaded and away we go. Hours before it will need more wood, a great bed of coals. The embers from the kindling set off the sticks below, which set off the logs. It works inside or out. Try it you'll see what I mean.

It's been raining for the last couple of days. The driveway is holding up nicely thanks to the culverts we put in last year. Some of them are draining off a lot of water which previously cut across the road way. The snow is melting fast - off of all the fields and just at the Southern tree line. It is supposed to dry up a bit later this week which means I should be able to get in the garden.

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