Sunday, August 23, 2009
The time has come once again to start stocking up on wood for the fireplace. Every year I build up the wood pile, but I always wait until it's cold outside to bring in some wood because I don't want it all over the garage floor. This year, I'm going to be prepared! I'm getting a firewood rack so I can have dry firewood when I'm ready to light the fire.
I usually wait until it's freezing outside before I bring in the wood, which is now covered with snow and too wet to burn! The great thing about using a firewood rack is that I can store some of the wood neatly in my garage so I don't have to get bundled up and go outside just to get wood that isn't even dry enough to use. Another great thing about using a rack, is that when the wood is off the ground, it helps keep down on the bugs! I'm also thinking about getting one of the smaller firewood racks for the house so I don't even have to go out to the garage late at night to keep the fire burning.
Burning wood in the fireplace is a great way to conserve propane, so I try to keep a fire going almost every day during the winter. When I burn wood on a regular basis, I only have to fill our propane tank about once a year. I live in an underground home, and the fireplace is designed to heat every room in the house, so having dry wood on hand is very important.
Wood haulers are great for carrying wood through the yard so I don't hurt my back. It might not seem like a big deal to carry a few pieces of wood, but when you need several loads, it makes it much easier to be able to carry more wood in each load, and make less trips when you can load it up in a wood hauler and wheel it to the house. So this year we're going to have plenty of dry firewood ready to help keep us warm and cozy!