How Much Wood Can Annie Chuck?

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 woodroom 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 $300 we have spent 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 woodroom 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.

 

 

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Bacon & Eggs on the Woodstove

Not long ago, I wrote about some of the virtues of a woodstove. Not only is a woodstove a great way to heat your home, it can also be used for cooking. Since our woodstove has a flat top, we use it for cooking fairly often, especially when it is Really Cold outside.

There’s something very satisfying about cooking on a woodstove – I’m not sure what it is. Maybe it’s the warmth from the stove coupled with the aromas that dance through the house.

 

 

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Sometimes it gets bitterly cold here. It’s the kind of cold where, if you have to go outside you take greater care than any other time of the year. If we have to go down to the barn, we make sure we have Yaktraxs on our boots. Although they are not failsafe, having them on our boots does make it a lot safer to be walking around on the ice.

For the most part, when it is that cold I do as little outside as I need to and then hunker down in the house for the day.

 

cooking on a woodstove, country living in a cariboo valley, woodstove, free heat

 

When we had that cold snap, Graham made us a fantastic breakfast on the woodstove. He started by frying up some shredded homegrown potatoes.

 

 

cooking on a woodstove, country living in a cariboo valley, woodstove, free heat

 

Then he added a few slices of homegrown ham, and some homegrown eggs. I know I am writing “homegrown” a lot, but it always puts a smile on our face when we site down to a completely full grown meal.

 

 

cooking on a woodstove, country living in a cariboo valley, woodstove, free heat

 

 

Having a cast iron frying pan is wonderful! If you don’t have one, pick one up when you can find them on sale – you will be glad you did! Lodge Cast Iron is very good – this is the kind we have. It’s made in the USA.  Every time I wash the cast iron pan, I rub in some EVO oil using a paper towel and then put the pan away till next time.

 

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