Thursday, November 7, 2019

Winter's Firewood Prep Etc.


Winter is well on it's way here. The snow isn't deep yet, but the temps plummeted weeks ago. Burley and I as always, are cozy in the house. And the way we stay cozy, is with the little mini
wood stove.



Working on the couch with a cuddly dog is a wonderful part of cold weather!


My firewood always starts with lengths like this collected from standing dead trees or ones that have  recently toppled onto a lane somewhere around the property I live on. 


And not related to my firewood at all, a friend and I spent an afternoon the other day working to provide firewood for an elderly couple we know in the area. They are kind of like my adopted grandparents, and being close to their 80's, gathering their own is getting difficult for them. But working with friends to do things like this is so much fun! I know some folks think living off grid or in a remote area means you have no human connections, but I think there tends to be even more as you actually know your neighbors (in the mountains this can mean you live within an hour of each other) and help each other out. So that was a fun project! 

Back to my wood. Once I get those logs to my house, they need to turn into rounds. Which you can see me working on below.



And then of course it needs to be split so that it fits inside my little wood stove.



And sometimes I split wood while talking to the camera. The rest of the time I listen to books while splitting wood which is one of my favorite chores. 


And then the finished wood all goes into my wood bin. Lots of folks suggest that I pile it all right beside the house. See why it's all stored where it is.


And with all of that, we stay warm and cozy here through the long 8+ months of winter! I really enjoy the whole process of collecting to splitting my wood. The physical activity, the relaxing aspects of projects that give you a visible result quickly, and of course, all the napping in front of a toasty fire. :) 



14 comments:

  1. I would dearly love to live where you are and do do things you do. Sadly, I'm too old to do it. A person can dream though. Thank you for letting us peek into your life.

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  2. noticed your cindar blocks around your garden beds, is their a reason you are using them? I have replaced wood around mine because it rots and am thinking of doing this also. Is it cost effective?

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    1. To prevent pocket gophers from chewing through and destroying my veggies. Cost depends a lot on your source. I was able to buy a few pallets of blocks second hand that had been salvaged from a dismantled building and no one else had a use for. They don't rot and need replacing, so that's a plus for sure!

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  3. So glad you are blogging again. I don't have a computer at home and so can rarely watch your videos. Plus, I love your photography. And, personally, I prefer to read. You are an inspiration to me. I thank you for all of your hard work communicating with us.

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  4. Hi Ariel, I just subscribed to your blog in case I lose you on youtube. I love your videos, but I'm glad you have a blog. Sorry you are going through this on youtube. I wasn't really aware off the issue until I watched your video today. I hope it all works out for the best.

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    1. Aww thank you! Thanks for making the effort to stay in touch! Me too.

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  5. Hi Ariel, living my dream. Wyoming was once home for myself and I miss it dearly. I to just came across your YouTube videos and decided to stay in touch via your blog which is just as informative.

    One question. Did you purchase the land? I was going to buy between Jackson Hole and Boulder Wyoming until I couldn't find 1 acre under 100,000. It's beautiful but to rich for my blood. Sad but true.

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    1. Very true. No I don't own it. See this video for the details on my current setup. Thanks. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TCq7J4o4Uw

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  6. I'm delighted you're blogging again - while I did enjoy your youtube videos, I started with your blog, probably sometime in 2017, and was disappointed when you moved almost exclusively to videos. I guess I'm old school and prefer to read. Also, you write so well that it's a pleasure to read.

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