If you have at least one or two Maple trees, give it a whirl. Any Maple will work–even Silver Maple. You can boil the sap down on your kitchen stove, and put some moisture into your house. That’s not a bad thing after the dry air of winter.
I have experienced the bitterness of cold weather; so cold in fact, that you thought you were going to die. Traveling the back-roads of the United States and Canada can place you into some really remote parts of this country. It can be a real challenge in winter months.