Firewood for the coming winter

Logs at the yard

It’s the middle of March now and time to be thinking about getting the firewood in for next winter, the outside log stores are empty now and they need to refilled with logs so they can season (dry out) during the warmer months.

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Logs at the yard ready to be made into firewood

Logs at the yard

So jobs to do, service the chainsaw and sharpen the chains, give the log splitter a thorough check over and perform a test run to make sure there are no hydraulic oil leaks anywhere and make sure everything is working as it should. It’s also a good opportunity to give the outside log stores another coat of wood preservative as they are all empty at the moment.

Firewood logs loaded in the car

Logs loaded into the car

Then in early April I will head over to my friends yard and start cutting his felled trees into manageable sizes. Lengths of 12 to 14 inches are good for our stove. I do this cutting up at his yard for two reasons, the first being that petrol chainsaws are noisy little beasts and they can easily upset the neighbours, and secondly smaller pieces of wood are easier to load into the car. It’s always tempting to pick up a larger piece, but then you get that warning twinge in your back and you realise it wasn’t such a smart idea after all!

firewood ready to be splt and stacked

firewood ready to be spit

Once the car is full we come back home and unload and then set about splitting the logs. Once they are split that are stacked in the outdoor log stores. This usually takes me around ten trips up to the yard to completely fill the log stores so it is time consuming, but enjoyable work.

Now let nature take over

Now it’s up to mother nature to do her work by giving us lots of sunshine and a gentle breeze which are ideal condition for drying out logs. I usually find that 5 to 6 months is ample to dry out all the logs outside as it’s all softwood If it was hardwood you could easily double the drying time.

By mid September we should have good stock of seasoned firewood all ready for whatever the winter decides to throw at us. If you want to learn more about how I process my firewood you can read my Introduction to Log Burning for Heating your Home

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