In a previous post, I mentioned that our local electric company sent crews around to cut all trees and foliage 20 feet back from the electrical lines that cross our property, which left the mess you see in the picture below.
When we learned they’d be coming back to chip up the wood and haul it away, Chareva asked if they’d bring us some loads of wood chips for her gardens, and they agreed. They not only brought three loads, they were kind enough to dump the chips near the garden and out of the way of my disc-golf fairways. (Okay, Jimmy Moore and I each sailed one errant shot into the pile this weekend, but that’s our problem.)
The wood chips made Chareva happy. I was happy when the crews came back to clear the mess in the first picture above and, as a bonus, ripped out the big thorn bushes I’ve hated since day one. They offered to clean up this area completely, but I told them I’d rather keep all the sticks and broken branches for kindling. So we spent some time on Sunday filling up plastic bins.
The branches and sticks are still green, so we rolled them into the big barn where they’ll sit for a year or so and dry out.
The sticks and broken branches near our creek, on the other hand, are already bone-dry, so we collected two barrels’ worth of those for the coming winter. (We believe the piles of sticks and branches near the creek come courtesy of the great Nashville flood that occurred two years ago. The previous owner wasn’t a fan of cleaning up.)
So we’re good on kindling … but what about logs? Glad you asked. Since we knew the crews were cutting down trees in the area, we asked if they could bring us a load. They were only too happy to accommodate us.
We’ll be picking up a chainsaw and a log-splitter soon and turning that big pile into firewood, which will also go in the big barn for year or so to dry out. We bought some firewood for the coming winter, but will also harvest some dry logs near the creek. The tree you see in the picture below is also dead and dry, so we’ll be cutting that down soon for firewood.
We’ve become a bit obsessed with supplying ourselves with wood for a couple of reasons. One is that we now have a wood-burning stove and we’d like to make use of it. The other is that we already experienced a brief power outage last winter that left us without heat, and seeing what happened in New York after Superstorm Sandy was a reminder that @#$% happens. With enough wood, our wood-burning stove and fireplace would enable us to cook our food and stay warm even if the power goes out and stays out for awhile.
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