Part of the idea of moving to the country was to be able to source our food and produce from local suppliers or ideally from our home grown land and stock. We started with the honey and have now moved to getting our firewood from a local source. Our neighbour.
Or rather I should say our neighbour’s friend. The deal was he would cut the trees and then could sell the wood. Seems that the initial thoughts of reaping about $30,000 through the sale has ended up closer to about $3,000 after the outlay on the equipment to cut it and the trailer to sell it, not to mention the time to cut the darn stuff up.
We were proud to be his first customer although half way through stacking it in the barn it didn’t feel like such a good idea. They always say you get warm twice from firewood and this was no exception. It did seem very strange to be working up a sweat in 25+ degrees shifting wood for the winter. There was method in our madness. There was a huge rain cloud heading our way.
We managed to shift the lot in about 90 minutes which was pretty good going. We’re now stocked ready for next winter and there’s plenty of time for the wood to be drying out. We’ve got a “wet-back” on our wood burner so we’ll heat our water as well as heat the house. Pretty neat eh. Local supplier of sustainable product to add to our energy efficient house!