We’ve had no wood reserves for 2½ months, what little left we had was consumed by the unexpected or trying to make starting fires quicker. It’s ok though we’ll be warm, fuel literally grows on trees. All it takes to harvest is a bit of exercise, a beautiful day doesn’t hurt.
Ash trees have a special place in our hearts given how many times they saved our bacon. It’s a shame they are getting ravaged by the emerald ash bore, what will the future ill-prepared homesteader do when their wood reserves don’t meet the tribute demanded by Winter?
Working my way up to the canopy
I was taught to not waste a branch, I moved the canopy elsewhere for later processing, for now I need the quick yield of the trunk
Big logs going for a hike
A fair amount for the time spent.
The tire technique
A few swings later, splitting small to help the burn
Straight into the firebox it goes
The syrup gets darker as the season progresses
The operation is still on hold pending more clement weather.
We’re at 3 gallons of syrup so far.
The usual dusk collection
3 days boiling outside into the night, I just want to go home.
Pulling the plug
Snow storm forced a break, good 🙂