Friday 13 October 2023

Firewood Smallholding Chores.


 One of my daily chores is to collect firewood from one of the smallholding outbuildings.

The ones in the photo I managed to find under the pile of wood that had been thrown in there this summer.  Thankfully these were saw off cuts that were just the right fit to go inside the stove.

Some days it's the bow saw or the axe.  Being a tightwad smallholder I try to recycle and wood to use for firewood.

We started lighting the stove every night and it takes away the chill out of the front room.

We are not putting the central heating on yet.  So we are saving money.  Chopping firewood also keeps me warm.  

It's supposed to drop ten degrees this weekend.  Brr.....

Have you lit your stove or fire yet?


14 comments:

  1. Oh how I miss our old fireplace. All the free wood and the odd bag of coal kept the heating costs down.
    Now we just pile on more jumpers until the really cold weather sets in and the expensive oil central heating is switched on.

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  2. An open fire or a lit stove is very homely and takes away any chill JayCee. Solid fuel gets more expensive with carbon taxes added on to its price. One of the joy's of living in the countryside by the sea means we can light a stove. There's always branches and driftwood and saw off cuts for free and we are not putting the oil central heating on just yet. Years ago people could use wrapping paper to light their home fires. Nowadays everything seems to be wrapped in plastic and we have to pay to get rid of it at the recycling centre.

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  3. Looks like we share an interest in busting up old pallets etc. I find it keeps the grandchildren entertained for hours. (And while they are doing that we don't need the heating on either.)

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  4. Definitely TM. Love your wooden spoons on your blog today. Have a look folks! Yes pallets are very useful for blocking gaps, firewood and I make compost heaps with them. You're right we get hot chopping and sawing wood for the fire.

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  5. No fires he yet, thank goodness. The days are still warm.

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    1. All that orange wood firewood. It's dry here again but temperatures are dropping rapidly at night.

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  6. We live within a smokeless city so we do not have a fire or stove to light - though of course Sheffield was not always like this. Once, every chimney for miles around would have been pumping out smoke in the colder months.

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  7. They ("who are they?") say there is 200 years of coal left under England, Wales and Scotland YP. I am sure they could make it into smokeless fuel? We buy turf or peat when can get it. People have had open fires to warm their houses with wood, coal and turf for thousand of years. I must prefer it to nuclear power. A log burning in the fire or stove at Christmas is a wonderful sight.

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    1. A dog burning in the fire is an even more wonderful sight - especially if it is a bloodthirsty rottweiler called Satan.

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  8. We've not lit the fire yet. We collect our firewood over the summer and have a woodpile along the fence.

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    1. Good idea to collect firewood in summer Debby. I suppose you have lots of off cuts from the new house build?

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    2. I would rather see a nice dog lay on the floor in front of our stove.

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  9. It's mid spring here heading towards summer and twice this week I've had to turn on the heating!

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    1. Gosh. We managed to not light our stove last night River. The previous night's fire had warmed the room.

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