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Category Archives: wood

  • Traveling Wood

    With decent snow, a new chainsaw, a large sled and the recently discovered “tire splitting” technique, we’ve been amassing a large quantity of wood.

    Here’s what getting it home looks like, I’ve been working on 4 poplars which domino’d onto one another during the last surprise wind storm.

    The sled & ATV combo is also a great way to move children around.

  • Kettle to the metal

    We’ve been having static electricity problem in the house so we decided to take humidification seriously. Pots filled with water on the stove tend to be noisy so it was time to go legit with an actual kettle.

    Friends gave us this great deviceIMG_1948

    one vinegar bath later, it’s back in business.IMG_7957We haven’t had static electricity issues since the kettle came online, unlike its modern counterparts, it will never break.

  • We upgraded our wood splitting setup with an old tire

    It’s incredible the difference a tire makes, my favorite part is that it only takes away a bad part of splitting with a maul (bending over repeatedly) and takes nothing away from the joy of it.
     
    In one week end, we started the pile again and are quickly catching up.
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  • Bigger, Stronger, Faster

    I bought another chainsaw and promptly went after a big tree.

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    My forearms burn as they did 5 years ago when I got the smaller saw and had no idea what I was doing. This saw is a serious upgrade and makes the job both easier and harder at the same time. It take much more strength to wield but much less work to go through the tree.

    Robin climbed on top of the tree, in pieces.

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    The new saw has more metal components and is made in Germany. I’ll keep the small one for smaller jobs.

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  • Gave the Sweet Heart a thorough clean up

    It served us very well throughout the Winter but it was hard to find a time to clean it up because it was always hot.IMG_0101 1

  • Humbling cold

    Nights bellow -20°C are forecast for the next few days and I happen to be home alone. It’s humbling to be solely responsible for keeping warm. All the evening chores are mine too.

    Getting the shower ready

    1. break the ice in little pieces

    who needs Minecraft?

    IMG_29862. Scoop out the little pieces with a milk crate (holes to let water through make it easier)IMG_30193. Let things settle for clear water

    IMG_30254. Fill pots

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    5. Apply heatIMG_3165IMG_3169


    Before dusk I gave the chicken a path to their food to stretch their legs and fill up one last time before a long night.

    IMG_3026They also got home delivered warm water.

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    I really hope they’ll be all right.


    Should be enough wood for the night, emergency fire starter kit included.IMG_3164


    I “ran” electricity to the house for convenience. I’ll do it right when the ground thaws but in the meantime this will make so we don’t have to worry so much about charging and going outside to do so.

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  • Wood push

    One day we’ll be ahead and have wood that’s been dried for more than a few months.IMG_2688

  • First night in the house at -20°C

    I slept next to the stove to keep feeding it through the night; woke up 3 times, the sky was amazing. The house isn’t insulated optimally yet. I don’t like that we don’t have an alternative to the one stove for heating. It’s low tech and has a low chance of breaking down but I will be reassured when we have another one in the addition we’ll build.

    Looks like we’ll be able to spend Winters with 100% renewable fuel sourced within 2000′. Improvements will be quite welcome if we go through something like last Winter.

     

  • A small ash

    I’ve been sick but trying to keep a good discipline of bringing wood in every week end. This small ash is perfect to get some fresh air and light exercise, not big and close to a path. I felled it right where I wanted it, I was worried it was going to hit that apple tree.

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  • Wood

    We’re actually already burning a lot more wood than anticipated; it’s not too cold and the house heats up fast, but we now rely on the stove for cooking & hot water. Thus we tend to have a fire going anytime we are home. I beefed up the reserves with some emergency ash or we’ll be in trouble.IMG_1783