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How Much Wood Can Annie Chuck, if Annie Could Chuck Wood?
Well, I can and I did.
When we moved here in 2006, there was a small wood room already here on the far side of the driveway, used by the previous owners. We enlarged it to about double the size. We have found that in a very cold winter here, we use just over half of the total wood stored here. The room holds about 6 cords, so that means we use around 3 cords or so. We use a wood splitter, which really makes quick work of getting the room full. We still say it was the best investment we have made for our homestead work!
We only use electric heat when the weather gets really cold here, about -20C. That is when we turn on a few heaters down in the basement, to keep water lines from freezing. Aside from that, we heat solely with wood. It’s a wonderful warm heat and it’s free to us as there is so much wood in the forests here.
Each year we like to fill the wood room completely, so that we are assured of having two Winters worth of wood. This gives us some peace of mind, in case something should happen and we can’t get out to gather wood. The very first Winter we were here, Graham hurt his back, which put him out of commission for a couple of months.
As soon as he started feeling better, I slipped on some ice (where was I going? To get firewood from the wood room!) and badly sprained my arm. We quickly learned that things can go wrong and we are better off being more prepared in the first place!
We still have to go across the driveway to get wood for the stove. One day we want to build a wood room closer to the house. But for now, Graham built a rack in our mud room. Now we can fill that up all at one time, instead of going across the driveway every single day. It takes about 10 wheelbarrows full of wood to fill our mud room.
He took the back porch railing off, so we don’t have to climb the stairs with each load.
We just chuck it in the door instead! Then I scamper over the pile and start stacking.
Filling up the two rows in our mudroom gives us enough wood for 2 weeks in very cold weather. That’s a good thing.