Burning electric poles

We ran out of dry wood but the weather is still having cold days where it spits snow. None of it ever stays around, but it makes the house cold.

Firewood can be hard to find this late in the season. We discovered that our local forestry products company occasionally sells seasoned (untreated) pole ends, and we picked up a third of a cord for 36 dollars.

The only down side was that you had to haul it and split it yourself. Lee and I got busy and the truck load was split and stacked within an hour.

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4 Responses to Burning electric poles

  1. Ann says:

    Sweet! That’s a nice bargain. Is it cedar?

    We had really warm weather while you had snow, but now we’re back into the minus temps again with really heavy frosts at night.

    Hope your drywall installation is chugging along.

    • lee says:

      It looks like cedar but it’s all Doug Fir. We were just happy to find a cheap supply this late in the season. Usually if we run out we suffer along with ineffectual electric heaters. There was a massive snowstorm here last week, completely atypical for Oregon.

  2. Benita says:

    For once I’ll bet Lee misses Indiana. It was in the 80’s all week last week and in the 60’s this week, but sunny.

    When I was growing up, Dad would get loads of slab wood from the local sawmill and we’d cut that up with a chainsaw into lengths just right for the fireplace. I’d say a good half of our annual wood needs came from that source. We heated the entire house with that fireplace (with a heatilator and blowers), so we used a lot of wood.

    • lee says:

      Yeah, I hope spring start on time this year. We’ve had such odd growing seasons the last couple years that it’s hard to know what a typical Oregon spring is supposed to look like. The house in Indiana where I grew up had two fireplaces but we rarely used them. My parents always said they weren’t built right to put out a lot of heat, but from what I’ve read you could say that about must fireplaces–they just tend to use a lot of wood. I think most people in Oregon who heat with wood have converted to woodstove inserts. It was good you lived near a mill. The abundant wood resources that are available here are a big advantage.

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