The cold, wet weather of the past couple of weeks forced me to do some outdoor organising. Our only form of heating is the wood-burning heater and this is fueled entirely by wood collected from our own land.
We have an area next to the chicken coop which we use as a woodshed, however, this was mostly small branches suitable for kindling.
There are several piles of large pieces of wood that are out in the weather to season before being split into pieces that are suitable for the fireplace. They have been there for at least a couple of years so are well and truly ready for use.
One of the problems with our wood storage system – if you can call it a system – is that it is stored directly on the ground and over a period of time this will degrade into soil.
After much thought over the years I was finally galvanised into action.
Most of the medium-sized pieces had been used last week to keep us warm and to dry the clothes so there was space cleared on the right-hand side of the shed. I raked up the remnants of kindling and then used a couple of offcuts of corrugated iron to make a ‘floor’ and stacked some pieces from the outdoor pile against the side wall of the woodshed. Now that the wood is undercover they will be able to dry out and be split ready for use.
This definitely a work in progress but I am determined that the pile of large, wet and well-seasoned logs in the backyard will be a a stack of dry,split firewood that is ready to use and easily accessible from the house.
The first step of the process has been taken towards this goal. That is often the most difficult.
Do you have an overwhelming jobs that you do not know where or how to start?