Although it can sometimes be a considerable amount of work, I am starting to enjoy using a wood stove to heat my house. I job in an office for several minutes a day & look forward to coming cabin to splitting wood for a minute or so before supper every night. It’s less of a chore for myself and others than it is physical therapy & stress release. I have a special section set up against one of the walls in my garage where I stack the chopped wood neatly & then strap it in with metal chains. The entire section fits more than one full cords of wood which is always more than enough to get myself and others through winter. That is if I manage to fill the storage section before consuming wood for the season. The other usual chore involved with my wood burning setup is emptying & disposing of the ash that accumulates in the bottom of my wood stove. If left neglected, it can start to limit that area available for firewood & can make keeping a good fire going for minutes at a time a needlessly frustrating endeavor. I made a special collection tub for the ash out of a living room sized garbage can & a nylon bag. I always go to good lengths to give the ash sufficient time to cool off because of the danger of starting a fire if a tepid ember is accidentally left in the ash you’re throwing away. Once my ash collection tub fills up, I remove the nylon bin & dump it outside in my backyard & then I clean the bin with my laundry so I can keep using it again. Although a wood burning setup might not be feasible or practical for almost everyone with the added chores & energy that go into maintaining one, having a real fire burning in your cabin can be a rewarding experience. It just takes a minimal level of care & patience.
October 20, 2020
October 20, 2020