|some of yesterday's results|
Using a log splitter yesterday was a first. Usually I split by hand or I buy the scrap wood from a friend who runs a lumber mill an hour away. Over the past two years I had accumulated large rounds of oak, maple and the highly invasive Siberian Elm that were all knotted and mostly too hard to split by hand. Last spring I hurt my shoulder at the gym (i.e. backyard where I split the wood) and so learned that I shouldn't try it again this year. So... gas powered log splitter on a four hour rental sounded great.
|Outside the Garfield Farm bioshelter at night|
|The tropics in 800 square feet in our bioshelter|
I can't believe it's been eight years of living without electric or natural gas heating. It is definitely a way of life starting with firewood acquisition twelve months ahead of burning the wood. It's usually February that I start searching for firewood for the next year. It really makes you realize how much energy is used to heat a home when you have to carry a few hundred pounds into your house every day and control it's combustion. It's not for everyone. I'd be great if we had double the number of solar panels so we could use the electric heat in the house to stabilize and supplement the wood stove, but we don't, and so wood it is, a biogenic and sustainable source of cozy heat.
And so, our family, hauls wood into the house multiple times a day reminding us that heating our homes comes at a great cost. It comes with a cost to the environment, a cost to our pocketbooks, and a cost in terms of time and work. We choose to put more on the time and work side believing that's the right thing to do. And, we get a really cozy living room that's almost always warm and beautiful.