The Log and I

A cord when ranked and well stowed has a volume of 128 cubic feet. A cord of red oak has the heating equivalent of 159 gallons of fuel oil.

Of course, I am only a rank amateur compared to Europeans. This is a German traditional wood house.


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Above, fall of 2013. Red Oak from dead dotty drouthy trees.                                                                 Then spring of 2014
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Next, fall of 2014. Over three cords Finally, March 2015: stopping short of the door this time. Ready for the winter of 2015/16. Just under two cords: 6x2x20. The reddish wood is elm, I was a bit short of red oak. There is one more felled oak to be cut, hauled, and split.

In the early morning of May 11, a strong wind knocked down ten trees across the driveway. Most of the trees were pine, so easy to cut and move out of the way. There are seven hard wood trees down in the pasture, so there will be no shortage of firewood this winter.

November 17, 2015
I have now begun work on the hard wood trees mentioned wood for the winter of 2017. How about that for getting ahead of the curve.
May, 2016

Probably a full cord, but not much more, for winter of  '16-'17.


November 25, 2016
This is the start of our firewood supply for the winter of 2017-18. The white wood is ash and the other is red oak. The gourds are curing and should be ready in the spring. One gourd  plant produced 93 gourds. If there were only a market for gourds, my fortune would be made.