Winter Wood

Preparation for winter
Preparation for winter

I inhaled the wonderful smell of the woods today. I could hear a chain saw near by. Most people at thins time of year aren’t necessarily thinking about how they are going to stay warm for the winter. My family though heats with wood on our homestead.

dogs enjoying the fire

Every year around September, we go into the woods as a family and we find trees that have died during the year but have not rotted to the point of not being good fire wood. Dad is really good at taking down dead trees that are still standing.

Cutting up a tree that had been taken down after he found a dead tree.
Cutting up a tree that had been taken down after he found a dead tree.

Mom and I will haul the chunks of wood that are small enough to load by ourselves. Dad will work a chainsaw and the maul to split the wood down to a manageable size for Mom and I.

Getting ready to haul a load back to the farm.
Getting ready to haul a load back to the farm.

The freshly split wood is one of the best smells in the world, followed by the smell of a good wood fire when the weather has gotten cold. We use elm wood to keep our fire burning all night long and we use pine, maple or anything small and dry. Pine of course smells heavenly when that goes on.

Oh, one last thing! Just like when we are gardening, we find some interesting finds. I found this grub which I hadn’t ever seen anything like it before. This is an Oak Borer grub which eats the oak trees.

The voracious oak borer grub.
The voracious oak borer grub.

Since we had dead stumps left after our dead trees, I opted to let this guy go in a stump so he can eat the stump to his little grubby heart’s content!

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