Every winter many of the trees in the woods across the road from our house are uprooted or knocked to the ground by the winds and the weight of the freezing rain and heavy snows… and these fallen trees become the source of some of next winter’s firewood.
Unfortunately, because the land that is accessible to us for tree-cutting is what New Englanders call a “side hill” and is very steep and uneven, cutting these trees into manageable size and getting those pieces from the woods to our yard is somewhat more difficult than it would ordinarily be. We like knowing that we’re helping to clean up the woods and that the fallen trees are not just going to lie there and rot. And of course, since the price for firewood in our area is more than $250 a cord, with delivery extra, we also like knowing that we’re saving a lot of money.
Our goal each year is to fill our open shed, which holds about ten cords, with a mix of hard and soft wood. Cutting the firewood, moving it, splitting it, and stacking the wood in the shed as soon as it has been split takes weeks.
That shed certainly seems a discouragingly big space to fill when it’s empty!