It's that time of the year again. The time to prepare for cold winter days and nights by gathering wood for the stove. It used to be that this involved trips to the mountains, chainsaws, leather gloves, and lots of elbow grease! It was heavy work, but very rewarding. Over the years sources of wire wood have been more and more difficult to find. The forestry department has closed areas of the woods that were available for gathering fallen or dead wood and opened other areas that are difficult to get to. Because of these restrictions and some serious troubles with Brent's back that required surgery, we are now heating with pellets. The warmth is not quite the same (it's cooler) but it's adequate and much less labor intensive.
Brent prepares to place a pallet of pellets under cover so they are ready for our winter use.
Three and a half tons of wood pellets are ready for the cold of winter. The pellet stove will warm our home on a daily basis. On a thermostat, it comes on night and day as needed (and turns off as needed as well) keeping the house an even temperature; cozy and warm. Our previous wood stove was airtight and I could not see the flame. The pellet stove has a large glass window and the bright and cheerful flame that lights the room is relaxing and soothing to watch.