The new stove gets installed tomorrow. We anticipate it like the arrival of a newborn or a new puppy. We've talked with friends about how to best operate the stove, tools needed, and much more. Mostly though, we've been obsessed with firewood.
Months before we decided to buy a wood stove, we started gathering wood from our own small 1.5 acres. A few years ago we had the big pines removed to allow more sunlight to the house and driveway, to guard against a tree falling on the house, and to allow the remaining hardwoods to grow bigger. We continue to thin the woods here and there, as trees are damaged by storms (which seem to occur quite regularly). In all, we've scraped together about one-half cord.
As we approached the installation date, we needed to buy-in much more wood and now have two more cords of seasoned hardwood stacked in various places. We've paid $300 to $325 for each cord of seasoned and delivered wood, and likely we'll need at least one more cord to get us through the cold season.
A loose pile of firewood - one cord waiting to be stacked
Now that we will have our own wood stove, I am looking twice at all the trees. I eye them for firewood, but also think about the wildlife. We need to ask our firewood supplier where he gets his wood - is it from lands being managed sustainably? We want to be good stewards of our own little woodland as well as of the lands where most of our wood comes from.
One of many reasons we opted for a wood stove, was to reduce our reliance on non-renewal sources to heat the house. Local wood--a renewal resource--is ideal, as long as we aren't diminishing the productivity or ecological values of the land where it comes from.
The excitement builds as the new wood stove will arrive tomorrow. Stay tuned!