We haven’t had to use the stove since early December and it is unlikely we will see weather in the next few months that will require it but already I am getting ready for winter.
Last winter the pallet numbers dropped off dramatically late in the season as it got cold and people were looking for wood.
We chose to use up our wood for space with the granny flat project and had about 2 barrow loads come end of winter. I did a run up to wood for good and got a load and most of that is still left.
Since then I have managed to hit a few local fallen branches from people and locations, a good load from a friend up around Macedon along pruning from trees.
I am also getting in pallets making sure they are all heat treated timber and preferably hardwood.
So the hunt is ongoing. I have a hand saw and loppers in the car if I come across anything decent. Even a small branch can be a half to a full days heating in our very efficient stove.
Managed to harvest below and another barrow load locally after a large branch had come down in the wind over Christmas.
And tonight I noted a tree dropped and nicely cut up into foot long blocks by an arborist two streets down on my way home. A quick knock on the door and a question and invited to take half. But the best was to meet and speak to a neighbour who I had never meet. An older guy very nice chatted for some time on his tomatoes and gave him some advice on his new lemon tree. Good to get to know the locals.
Three big barrow loads and the offer of the rest if his friends do not pickup there’s by tomorrow. I took the longer pieces as I have access to cut them up the other people may not have this. You need to be fair.
Pity some of the branches where not a bit longer or I would have inoculated them with some shitake but beggars cannot be choosers.
As it is this wood is still a year of drying away from being used but it will get used.
And didn’t even need to use a car to bring it home that is local.
Cut up it will fuel us for a week or more 🙂