Saturday, March 23, 2013
The Reserves are Built Back Up
I tried keeping a running total of the amount of wood I have used this Winter but I failed. I know I was upto at least 15 full truck loads by the end of January so I am estimating somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 or so truckloads as of today. My guess is that this will equal out more or less to 10 cords for the entire Winter to date, with about a cord and a half still unburned but ready to go. I have been averaging about half a cord a week or so or two cords a month.
That's almost triple the amount I have used each Winter for the last four years or so.
Propane use for this Winter however = ZERO!!! I have made it and with what I have left there should be no way Winter will last long enough to use up the reserve I have now. Really NO WAY!!! Are you listening Mother Nature? No WAY!!!
Of course they are predicting another 4 to 8 inches of snow starting tonight.
The end of February and first part of March had my reserves down to critical levels. I did not get to go out and cut at all in February and was unable to get into the woods or off road for the most part until this week. The huge snow piles blocked a couple of my easy access trees for a long while as well and the snow was so deep I was unable to get down to the bottom few layers of stockpiled larger logs that needed splitting. At one point I was within about a day or two of failing my wood only Winter heating experiment and turning on the propane furnace. Yes it was that close.
I still simply cannot fathom heating to even a comfortable level without modern day tools. Namely a chainsaw (or three for when they stop working) and a log splitter. Without those tools I would have to work almost constantly, every day of the week, to furnish enough wood. Seriously it would be a daily chore the entire Winter.
Also, another important fact would be availability. I travel a few miles sometimes for available trees. If I was forced to cut and haul wood just within hauling distance of the Small-Hold by hand or horse power I would need to start cutting live trees and allowing them to cure rather than focusing on standing dead wood as I do.
Wood cutting will be a full time job in a grid down situation. Something all of us need to keep in mind.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!