This Season’s Firewood is Done!

Back on August 5th, Foster’s Tree Service came in and put 8 trees on the ground for me (for a price), but they were trees that I wasn’t comfortable putting down by myself (too close to the house, garage or electrical lines) and needed to go away.

My The Trees Are Down – The Work Begins post talked (whined) about making these trees into firewood.  Well today – mission accomplished all 8 of those trees are cut, chipped and split and are now considered firewood.  I wouldn’t want to burn them yet, they are still a lot green, but this is next Spring’s burning supply, so there should be plenty of time to season by then. I already have enough already seasoned to get us to the cold time.

What was left to split – about an hour and a half’s work. It was the twisted nasty stuff that all too often needs to be split with sledge and wedges or way too many wacks with the splitting maul.

Casualty of splitting wood.  I use the sledge and two wedges for the pieces that are too tough or twisted for the splitting maul.  After using it for about an hour I hit the wedge and the handle cracked (no I didn’t miss), it was an old sledge that I haven’t really taken care of since I moved in and it had at least 15 years of neglect before that I am told.

When it broke today, I wasn’t really surprised, but I was glad that I noticed the crack, before it broke. Otherwise – ouch. After I noticed the crack, I thumped it a couple of times with the splitting maul just to ensure I didn’t use it again.  Guess this means a trip to the local Tractor Supply or Blake’s Hardware to either get a new handle or new sledge hammer.

The completed wood pile, chainsaw cut, but all hand split.

I now have enough wood to easily get through a normal winter and will relocate these and the other wood piles to the shed and garage in late October.  September will be about cutting down more trees and getting wood ahead for the following winter.  My plan is to get a year’s worth of wood ahead and let it season a year, before I have to use it.

Hopefully all this work pays off and helps to reduce the amount of oil that we will need to burn this winter.  It should be a lot more than last year which was our best year yet, with both of us home everyday now.

Nice plan, now to make it work.