2009 – 2010 Winter Firewood Usage
In the past I had measured our firewood usage in log units because in the old house that was the easy way to do it. In the cottage we have a neat 1/24th cord measure which is the space under the wood stove. By recording on the calendar when we fill this, primarily Ben’s job, we are able to monitor our wood usage.
This winter we have burned about 0.70 cord, almost the same as last winter which was 0.75 cord. The total number in the chart above is 0.74 because Ben filled the woodbox backup. Given that today’s was the first fire since March 2nd we may well not burn the rest of that wood until next fall. Still, maybe we’ll enjoy a few more fires this spring.
This has been a short heating season. The end of December and early January were brutal but we didn’t actually have to start burning wood until the end of November. By the beginning of March we had essentially stopped heating the house because it was so warm. The cottage’s passive solar gain coupled with its high thermal mass keep it warm and even keeled. We’ve actually been leaving the front door and windows open for much of the day over the last couple of weeks.
Will cut most of the wood we currently have in stock. He has gotten quite skilled with both the chainsaw and the chain sharpener. We have a few cord left that is already to burn next year and the year after plus logs that are drying. There are also several dead trees I have my eye on which I’ll cut and drag up here for blocking up. Their tops will make kindling and what is termed kitchen wood – small diameter logs.
I like heating with wood. It doesn’t explode or support terrorist organizations. It is locally available and sustainable. It comes from our land and is something we can sell. It is a secure source of fuel we can manage ourselves. Wood smells good when it burns and we enjoy the crackling fire. It is heartening knowing that our supply is set for the next few years.
Outdoors: 43째F/22째F Partially Sunny, Light Snow Flurries
Tiny Cottage: 64째F/59째F