*sniff – sniff*
Do you smell that in the cool fall air?
*sniff – sniff*
Smells like . . . a gut pile.
Lol – sorry, the countdown to deer season has begun. T-minus not much. Happy first day of fall everyone. This is the time of year that I start thinking about deer season and NOT my winter preps. Well, okay, I did paint and caulk the trim on an exterior window the other day, and I need to bring my firewood into the basement, but . . . that’s about it. I purposely plan ahead so I’m not dealing with winter preps at the last second. Which leads me to today’s post, perhaps I’m preaching to the choir, but it was only 3-4 weeks ago that I was hearing people talk about needing to split and stack their wood.
HELLO! The time for that was like – IN APRIL! Granted fuel oil prices have a bunch of firewood novices diving into unfamiliar territory, but these are people that should know better. Have they not experienced the difference between a fully dry stick of wood and something that needed to go back in the summer months for another 3 months? I just don’t get it. People procrastinate, and in college I was no exception, but c’mon!
I was talking with a contractor the other day and he said he’s been absolutely swamped with calls from people all looking to get new windows – soon – and insulation blown into their attics. This last minute preparedness is a systematic problem, however. People don’t build their food supplies until they see a real need, then EVERYONE goes to the big box grocery stores and makes a mad run on rice, causing shortages. The scary level (or lack thereof) of preparedness this society has never ceases to amaze me.
– Ranger Man
Beckett Heat Manager BTW: You can’t burn wood, but you have a hot water heat based system? Consider buying a Beckett Heat Manager, which better regulates the burn cycle on your boiler. At today’s oil prices the product can pay for itself in short order. At Ranger Man’s keep we burn wood AND oil. I installed a Heat Manager about 4 years ago. You might also need the Beckett sensor.
Research the unit for yourself, but Beckett guarantees it will save you at least 10%. Read about the unit from Beckett’s own site. Some oil dealers in Maine have even been sending out fliers advertising this unit and offering to install it. Don’t go that route, though. Buy the unit yourself and (if you don’t know how to wire it) have a technician install it for you. The oil company will charge you twice the cost for the unit. It’s just a little computer.
ONE MORE THING! Here’s a good link for you, a very well-written post on how to harvest pine bark for eating – check it out. Eat trees – yummy!