Saturday, January 9, 2016
Winter Storm and the Wood Furnace
Winter threw it's first snowfall at us this morning. So far it isn't all that bad but the roads became much worse in a very short while than the forecasters expected to say the least. I think the temperatures dropped a bit faster than they expected and caused the roads to get covered more because they were colder. I know it's slick because like a bunch of city idiots we all loaded up in my truck this morning and went to the next little town over for breakfast with grandpa. I didn't slide much since I had a load of firewood in the bed and had her locked into 4WD but we already saw several SUV's off the road.
Why is it almost always the SUV's that we see in the ditch while the good old boys in the trucks seem to be going along fine?
Anyway I was hoping to split some more wood this afternoon after the snow stops and before the real cold hits us tonight but it looks like the snow is going to continue all day now. Since I took the truck in I also had to remove the tarp so now the wood in the truck bed is covered in snow. A minor inconvenience as the coals in the furnace usually just laugh at wet or snow coated wood for a split second before it starts consuming it but still a pain when trying to find just that right piece. Constantly throwing the tarps back is a pain as well.
Which brings me to another question.
A truck bed full of split firewood will last me about 6 to 7 days here when I am home feeding it but for every day I have to work and I let someone else feed it you can take 2 days off that period. Another words they put in twice as much wood and yet the house is still COLD when I get home. I just don't get it.
Luckily I am back now and it is day light and I can start once again getting things back in order. I think this is the real reason Men invented electric and gas powered furnaces. Not so much to save them work in cutting and burning wood but to make sure something would work when they weren't around to make sure it was done properly.
Ya I just bashed on Women a bit there in a very general way so none of you lovely sensible Ladies who read and comment here should take offense because you know I wasn't referring to you. You Ladies are generally the exception or you wouldn't be here reading anyway :)
Well looks like I now have a car in the ditch in front of the house. I will certainly do an update later today and hopefully have some wonderful Winter pictures to go along with it.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!