Gathering Our Winter Wood
We burn wood for our winter heat. It takes about 6 to 8 cords of wood to get us through the winter. Every summer a few of our weekends and various days are devoted to gathering wood from our property. We have 18 acres and much of it is in trees. So with 75 inches of rain a year (helps the trees to grow quickly) and a bit of good selective logging we seem to be able to continue to meet our own wood heating needs.
Tobin has been spending his weekends tractoring around the property and gathering wood. He has been making paths through different areas that are overgrown to be able to access the trees. With the chain saw he cuts and fills up the bucket of tractor with the wood and then he brings it back to the house. Some of the bigger pieces will still have to be split. The smaller pieces are cut up and then stacked in our wood shelter.
Jacob had been doing the job of cutting up the smaller pieces. Tobin put the chop saw out for him and he has been working all day. Isaac has been his faithful helper. He is helping with the stacking.
Here are some pics of our progress:
Pics of the wood gathered so far:
My boys at work:
The wood bin behind the boys will be need to be filled up before winter sets in: