Splitting White Oak Firewood

I got out for 3 1/2 hours today and worked on splitting White Oak logs I got about 3 years ago.  It was a crisp morning, in the high teens.

After a few hours I felt a calmness.  This mornings splitting reminded me how good we feel when we persevere.  I came close to calling it quits after a half hour because of the cold.

There used to be four White Oak logs.  I’m down to one more log to split.

Log Splitting Tools

My wood shed hoop house is full so I made the pile nearby.  In the next week or two I’m going to to lengthen the shed 10 feet to give me plenty of dry storage.  I want to have enough dry storage to keep a season worth of wood.

Wood Shed Hoop House Ready for Expansion

There’s plenty to go when I finish but progress is progress.

Red Oak rounds ready to be split

What It’s All About

I walked by the wood stove today and something captivated me.

Yes, most of my blog posts are about sharpening chainsaws, cutting firewood, splitting firewood and stacking firewood.  But that’s just a means to and end.

The reason I do all the work is for what you see in the picture above.

What do I see?

  1. Self Sufficiency.  A wood stove heating a house with no reliance on big oil, big gas or big electricity.
  2. A clothes dryer.
  3. A clothes warmer.  Have you ever put on a coat or pair of shoes that was lying in front of a wood stove.  No matter how cold it is outside you carry that heat with you while transitioning from indoors to out.
  4. A peaceful place.  Who doesn’t relax when seated in front of a fire?

What do you see when you look at a wood stove?