Sunday, February 1, 2009

Twice warmed

The writer Annie Dillard says that firewood warms you twice -- when you cut it and then when you burn it.

We had a neighborhood firewood cutting and splitting party this weekend. We were warmed significantly as we filled a large wagon twice with nice chunks of locust, poplar, hickory and hackberry. It will be cured and ready for burning next fall.

I helped my neighbor build a Taj Mahal of a woodshed this summer. I need to get something built before the next wood-burning season. My wood is stacked hither and yon around the place and covered with tarps, plywood and anything else handy.

Firewood needs a nice place to season before it follows through on its second warming.

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