Temperatures are dropping again. I really can't complain- it's October already! We've had great weather this summer and fall. The best since we moved up north. But all good things must come to pass, so these cooler days are a friendly reminder that winter is not far away. And I don't like to be cold. And I don't like to work outside in the cold. So I best get my ass in gear if I'm going to make it into hybernation before snowfall.
The real heat source is in the basement. We have a wood oil combination furnace. The box is 20"X24" and 24" deep. We cut the wood for it much longer than the sunroom wood. The basement holds 6 rows, 10'X8'. I need another 2.5 rows right now. We drop the wood in through the window and down the slide. We also keep a pile of 'over-nighters' under the basement stairs. Very large pieces that won't burn up over night with the dampeners turned down low.
Then there's Homework House. It was the trailer and add-a-room we built for f-i-l, but he went to live with Husband's brother in the spring. It's now Homework House because #1 uses Dragon Naturally Speaking to do his homework, and it doesn't like the background noise created by little brothers.
It's also really nice to have a clean work space available, with all the supplies they need, and not have to worry about getting them off the kitchen table for supper, or canning, or company dropping in. They take their back packs over after school, and they can work for a bit, take a break, and come back and find everything the way they left it.
The wood for this stove is dropped in from about a 12" diameter hole in the top. We cut it at about 10" long. We have room for almost two more rows in the lean-to, and three rows in front. Since this is the first year, and it won't be burning all day long, we don't know how much wood we'll need here.
The garage stove is similar style, but smaller. We use the little stubbies like these for it. The pieces we cut off the ends of other wood.
The Littles and I have been busy the past couple of weeks cleaning up branches and dead trees in the pasture, and clearing the trail from my parents place to the spring. There's enough dead fall and dead standing wood to keep our fires burning for at least two more years. We just need to get it cut up and brought up to the house!