Gathering for Winter

Pine needles

Pine needles

In our neck of the woods there are many homeowners who heat with wood.  Most of them have big wood heaters in the basement that they will keep going day and night.  We don’t have the big heater, but we did have a wood heater with the glass door installed into the big open fireplace in the living room so we can have a fire in the evenings.

Valley of Gold

Valley of Gold

We aren’t loggers, we don’t own a chain saw, and we don’t have a 4×4 truck, so we go and get dead fall from an old logging road.  Somewhere we can safely drive and park.  Some of those roads are pretty narrow and carved up without any shoulders to drive or park on.  You have to look for areas that are solid or have been used by others.

Dead Fall

Dead Fall

Small Operation

Small Operation

Another source of wood is with the many orchard owners who prune their trees and all of that will just go on a big burn pile.  Sometimes, if you know someone,  you can get in the orchard and gather some of the bigger limbs before they burn it all.

One man's Burn Pile

One man’s Burn Pile

And of course, there is always the option of buying your firewood.  It is a steady business around here with loggers working during the dry months and selling their cords right when we need it.  The trick is to find someone who is selling last years wood and not this year as it would be too green to burn properly.

Keeping Warm

Keeping Warm

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  1. Tamra Phelps says:

    That fire looks good & warm! My Grandpa, when I was a kid, had a basement heater the burned coal. Every Fall a big truck would back up to the basement window & release a lot of coal into the ‘coal room’ in the basement. He would go downstairs several times a day, open the door to the coal room & shovel coal into the heater. As the coal decreased, we would sneak into the room and try to climb the coal, lol. Like you could hide that you had been playing in coal, right?? Granny had no trouble figuring out what we had been doing! We were a mess!

  2. These are all great options. I love the smell of burning wood. A wood burning fireplace is great on a cold evening. Thank you so much for sharing

  3. These are great tips! I love cozy fires in the wintertime, there is nothing better! I grew up in Oregon and we would gather wood before winter every year, it was my favorite time of the year then too! 🙂 I live in the south now, but always try to build a fire in our fireplace every chance I get! It makes me happy!


  5. Deborah Caudill says:

    We don’t have a fireplace or a woodstove, or even a fire pit outside. I grew up in a house with 4 fireplaces and a woodstove in the basement. I miss the smell and that extra warmth. My dad chopped wood until he was over 90 years old. Thanks for the memories.

  6. These are fantastic ideas, alternatives, and options. Thanks for sharing this post!

  7. Terry Poage says:

    I bet it smells so good up there. I live in the south and it is a rare occasion that I get to smell the smell of a fireplace burning.

  8. Wow! Thanks for giving me other options for firewood than buying it. We like to burn wood during the winter and have purchased cords of wood in the past.

  9. Angela Lombardi says:

    Thanks for all the great ideas! I love the smell of burning wood!

  10. Amber Ludwig says:

    One of my must haves in a home!! I love being able to burn wood for heat!! Such a money saver!!

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