I’m in the minority, that is for sure.  There just aren’t that many people out there that heat their homes in the wintertime with wood burning stoves.  Not in the United States, at least.  Most of my friends think I’m nuts.  They prefer to simply flip the switch on the thermostat and adjust the dial to suit their comfort.

I was late this year getting all of my firewood processed for winter.  My goal is to be at least an entire year ahead of the game, but with the new baby last fall, and starting back to school this spring, I fell behind on some of my chores.  To try to make up for my late start, I left my winter fuel stacked in rows in the yard a little later than usual to give them a little more time to dry out in the sun and wind.

Today was a beautiful day.  The temperature was about 70 degrees, and the sun was shining.  That isn’t normal for November in Central Ohio.  The temperatures are supposed to drop steadily over the next 24 hours, back to a more seasonal weather pattern that looks like it’s going to stick around.  Winter will be here before I know it!  This was my chance to get my firewood moved into the garage before winter sets in.

For the past 3 years, Becky and I have moved our firewood into our attached garage in October.  The garage keeps the wood dry, and allows for easy access when it is time to reload the stove.  It beats the heck out of fighting with tarps.  Tarps get blown around by the wind and get loaded down with snow and ice.

It was always difficult to crawling out of bed early in the morning in the dead of winter knowing that I had to go outside to grab an armload of wood from under a snow covered tarp in single digit temperatures.  By moving the wood indoors, I get all the benefits of wood heat (cozy warm house, beautiful fire to watch, and cheap to operate), without one of the biggest drawbacks.

My stacks are moved the chimney is cleaned.  I’m ready for winter.  Bring on the holidays!