We burn wood for heat. Every spring a log truck drives up our road, takes out a few sagging telephone lines, and delivers a truck load of wood to our house. Our home is about 4,000 square feet and we run two wood stoves, one at each end of the house. The wood for an entire fall, winter, and spring costs us as much as one month of oil heat would cost so the savings are immense, and nothing beats the coziness of wood heat and a pot of stew set on top of the wood stove to simmer.
In previous years we stacked our wood out under the trees and tarps for the winter and had to venture out into the cold for firewood when the stash in the garage ran out. Last year Sean obtained a permit and built a woodshed onto the back of the house and we fill it to the brim with wood. This year we ( read: Sean mostly) will chainsaw the logs into eighteen inch sections and then split them with the wood splitter. The wood is then carried to the woodshed with the tractor. Our kids are expert stackers.
We were cleaning up the woodshed and stacking the leftover wood from last winter when inside a hollow piece of wood, we found a cozy little mouse home, stuffed tight with feathers and corn. Smart little mouse.
This year Sean is trying something new that we read about, cutting the green logs and stacking them on pallets and then wrapping the pallets with plastic wrap, making a greenhouse effect inside and drying the wood more quickly. So far, so good. It really does heat up under that plastic wrap.
So how much wood does it take to heat our home? 35-40 face cord.