Monday, August 12, 2013

Goin' on a Wood Hunt

When we're in the middle of one of the warmest summers we can remember here in Coastal BC, starting a fire in our woodstove is the farthest thing from our minds. But it's a great time to start filling the woodshed, giving the wood plenty of time to dry before the rainy season.  Often wood floats right up to our deck.  Other times it's "donated" by a friend.

Our good friend John refurbished his cabin's boat dock with new cedar boards.  That meant the old ones had to come off and be discarded. We gladly accepted the used wood. Cedar burns well, and the small boards make good fire starters.

Wayne and I first had to remove the old nails, but the wood was soft enough they were easy to pull with a hammer. We saved the good ones for John to use again Save that nail!

Then we cut up the larger boards into stove-size pieces. We carried our booty back to the cabin in plastic tubs.  We split the logs from our last cutting and stacked the new boards in between. That way we will have some with each load we take into the cabin for burning.

Thanks John, for your wonderful donation. -- Margy


  1. It is smart to plan ahead of time when we are enjoying the hot weather.

  2. Good to be the ant and not the grasshopper. We don't burn wood anymore, but when we did, it was surely a year 'round adventure, and appreciated on the cold rainy nights.


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