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Do you heat your log home with firewood?

A couple of days ago I wrote about ‘fall being in the air’, and most of us DIY types use our days off this time of year to make sure our home is ready for winter.  You know the drill, caulking, weatherstrips, cleaning the chimney flue, etc.

I’m a ‘heat it yourself’fanatic… that’s someone who prefers to use a heat source other than that available from a utility company.  I love my woodstove the way some guys love their cars or golf clubs, and with the price of natural gas these days, my stove loves me back. 

Over the next few days I plan to talk about the maintenance issues involving a woodstove – from the firewood to cleaning the flue.  I also will have a few tips that might make your experience a little safer so be sure and subscribe to this blog so you don’t miss anything. 

Our wood stove has no problem heating our entire home.  We’ve seen 20-below temps without the gas furnace kicking on, and our 2-story log home remains toasty. Obviously, to keep that stove cooking 24/7 for 6-7 months we need to have a good supply of firewood on hand.

A while back in an earlier post, I made a comment that I ‘felt like a squirrel’ in that I spent my summers getting ready for winter. One of the chores I try to finish in the early spring is cutting my firewood for the following winter. Even though I only cut standing dead trees, I like to get them felled, cut and split so that they are completely dry and ready to burn come October.

I enjoy this firewood gathering process.  I like dropping a tree, buzzing it up and splitting the rounds into manageable logs.  This is great exercise, and when you have a few stacks in place it looks like money in the bank.

There’s really more wood here than meets the eye, those tall piles are over 6 feet high and they run for about 20+ feet.  The back row is also much longer than the front row.  Based on our experience over the past few years, this should be enough firewood to get us through the wood-burning months.  This cache is located conveniently on the side of our house, so it is quite accessible.

This firewood rack supplies my shop – you can actually see the back corner of the shop top left of the picture.  This stack is 10′ L x 4′ W x 5′ H.  My shop is detached from our home and it is not heated, so when I have a winter project I fire-up the woodstove in the shop and after 20-30 minutes it is comfortable.

Tomorrow I’ll show you a trick I use to move firewood from the ‘big stack’ to outside our back door.

2 comments to Do you heat your log home with firewood?

  • Lisa Lohr

    I’m new to this site and have not signed up as a member yet. I need advice. My husband and I are seriously looking at an existing log home to purchase. It’s 25 years old and looks like it’s in good shape except for some woodpecker damage on the board that runs along under the eves (like where you would ordinarily see a gutter) and I can see there has been some type of leak on an interior wall that might be a result of a fireplace liner crack and creosote has run down along the top of the logs and leaked inside the house. Maybe. Who really knows. Before we buy, we would have a home inspection, but all in all, the structure looks sound. My real question is how long does a log cabin last? I don’t mean how long will it stand, because we’ve all seen those lopsided, ancient structures here and there, but I mean as a livable, square, dry structure. I’m looking around trying to find out whether this is a sound investment. Obviously, people on this page will say yes, since everybody owns one, but I’m thinking that since this place is already 25, if something was going to be drastically wrong with it, it would show. Right?

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