Resilient Organic Subsistence Farming in the Deep South
Podcast #171 – Putting Firewood By
We are dangerously late splitting and stacking firewood for next winter. In a “normal” year, we would have filled all the available pallets by the end of the summer, but for several reasons that didn’t happen this year. So for the past couple of weeks we’ve been playing catch-up, with the barn turned into a firewood production center and both tractors evicted to the elements outside. It’s paying off, though; as I write this on February 7, we’re a little more than a pallet away from having all available pallets full.
In this week’s program we recount how we got behind, how we’ve addressed it, what we’ve learned about splitting different kinds of wood, and what we’re doing differently this year to deal with the too-short seasoning period. We finish with a discussion about how we’ve designed our pallets to hold lots of wood yet collapse for stacking when empty.