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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Deadly Catch -vs- Firewood gather

If anyone has watched the Deadliest Catch on the Discovery Channel you know that the crew and ship captain when they are on the crab do what is known as the grind.  They work non stop until they get all the crab pots in, the crab sorted and stowed away and reset the pots for the next run.  Well, we are now into the firewood grind.  We have almost but not quite enough firewood for the next snow season.  We wake up in the morning thinking about firewood; we go to bed totally exhausted at night thinking about firewood.

We are almost there in quantity.  It has been a grueling firewood season but as you can see in the photo above we have a lot of firewood already cut, split and stacked.  If you click on the photo you will see the firewood fairy in the photo. Like those seamen on Deadliest Catch we are bruised, sore, worn down, but will not stop until the firewood is in.  If we stopped gathering firewood now we would most likely have sufficient fuel for next winter but it is always best to have more than we might need in case of a severe winter.  If we don't have enough we would have a real problem as available firewood would be under 4' + of snow and hard to find.

So for us the grind is almost done but not quite.  We'll get there if we don't give out or up first and another firewood season will come to an end.    


Mary W. said...

A beautiful stack of wood Carol and Bruce! My husband and I have heated with wood as our only source of heat for 36 out of 37 years. It is a much warmer heat than other ways of heating. A lot of work, but nice to make use of downed trees instead of just pushing them into a pile and burning them. I know how much work it is to get that much wood split, so I hope that you are able to reward yourselves when you get your pile complete. Have a great day!
Mary W.

Sakoieta said...

This is a job I always loved. Each year after we were done sugaring once the summer hit we had to refill the woodshed to have wood to make syrup for the next year. Same thing. We went non stop for days until the pile was filled.

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