Maintaining Your Woodpile

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It’s said the hand of the Creator can be found in many places, depending on who’s doing the looking or listening. Some see beauty or majesty in a sunset, or looking across the Grand Canyon, staring up at the roof of the Sistine Chapel or listening to a particular genre of music. Among other things, I find great beauty in a nice woodpile. Yeah, I said it — a good store of wood for the winter.

There’s just something comforting about seeing a winter’s worth of wood all lined up in neat rows under a lean-to shed roof, or along a fencerow, or even in a well-formed pile … all stacked just so, to allow for maximum air movement and drying (a.k.a. seasoning). Continue reading

Must-Haves for Getting Your Heat Stove Ready

 
Heat a large area (up to 700 sq ft) and cook your family's meals with one unique stove. At Lehmans.com and our store in Kidron, Ohio.

Heat a large area (up to 700 sq ft) and cook your family’s meals with one unique stove. At Lehmans.com and our store in Kidron, Ohio.

When we first came to live off the grid, I had never used a wood stove.
 
We had a little fireplace back east. It was in the basement and it may have even been gas-operated. We never built a fire in it and I would bet squirrels took over the chimney and built nests in it. I didn’t like it because it was so small it couldn’t possibly heat anything and during the winter all it gave us was a cold draft in an already cold basement. I put a big piece of plywood over the opening during the winter and ignored it.

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