This winter chopping fire wood has taken on a new life. In addition to chopping wood from the logs we cut from the forest we have piles of 2x4s that we have gathered thought the year. A lot of is is warped and just junk. However it is not treated which means that we can use it for firewood. It is wood that was left over after we used everything we could from the free wood we got building various projects around our homestead. This also means that we have to cut the wood with a saw to the lengths that we need for our fireplaces.
Although I am extremely grateful for the free wood, cutting it is probably my least favorite job. I suspect that no one else likes this job either since the pile doesn’t seem to be getting any smaller. We also have a lot of wood from previous years that needs to be cut to fit into the fireplaces. This wood is getting old and is also getting buried in the dirt. I have two options. I can cut and stack this wood to burn this year or I can burn it in an outdoor fire to get rid of it and clean up the property. I would rather burn it in the fireplaces if I can, so I am cutting and stacking it. I am trying to cut some whenever I can. I have decided to work until the battery for my miter saw dies signaling to me that its time to take a break until another day. Slowly the pile from two years ago is diminishing, but I haven’t yet started on the wood that we have gathered this year. My hope is that by the end of this cold season we have made our way through all of the 2x4s so we no longer have piles of old wood around the homestead.
Getting things for free is a huge blessing, but it often means that to use the free supplies there is additional work on our part. I believe that if we are willing to do our part that God will continue to bless us with the things that we need, but we need to do our part. Right now our part in keeping our home warm involves cutting and stacking a lot of free warped 2x4s.