Monday, 10 January 2011

Logs


Our cottage is heated by two wood burning stoves, which means there is quite an element of associated hard work.  For various reasons, the latest delivery of logs has not been put away in the woodshed and remains encased in tarpaulins in the back garden, where it is not getting any drier.  So, extra hard work is inevitable! 

The current scheme is to venture out and collect two full barrowloads at a time, to bring indoors; this should be done each day so that we accumulate a reassuringly large stack of adequately dry fuel - plenty to burn and plenty in reserve.  The logs are brought indoors, arranged round one of the stoves to dry out for some hours, turned and dried some more, then added to the stack, or burned as required.

Yesterday, I could procrastinate no longer: the stack was almost down to nothing and we were dangerously close to having nothing suitably dry to put in the stoves.  Each time this happens I vow to be better organised and get that stack good and high.  Often, I actually succeed in this endeavour and feel pleased with my efforts and content with the result, a fully replenished fuel supply.  Content, that is, until I observe the rate at which it - all too soon - starts to diminish...


There's a log pile under that blue sheet...


 ...seasoned, but a bit damp on the outside...


 ...not helped by condensation on the underside of the tarpaulin...


 ...a double load, in fact...


 ...and here's a barrowload of oddments, ready to go.


 Indoors, it had got this bad...


 ...but I had to put it here, first - to dry...


 ...wet bark as well.


 That looks better!  Needs more, though...


 Dry wood burns good and hot! 







2 comments:

  1. What a lot of work. What a satisfactory result.

    Thanks for following.

    I'm pleased to have found your blog - link going in sidebar!

    Esther

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  2. Hello Esther, and thank you for visiting my new blog, commenting and adding a link from your own.

    I was browsing at your's again, today, and enjoying some more of your interesting and enjoyable output. Thanks for putting me on to the RHS wildlife gardening pages - I found that link on an earlier visit.

    Re: the logging - it sounds a bit mad, doesn't it? The mains gas pipe goes past the house (that's to say, under the road!), and we might have to connect to it one day...

    Mag

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