How to Heat a House

Buy over 100 acres of mixed hardwood forest and get a grant to do a forest plan that will help you decide (becasue you are not a forester) how to manage the forest to best use the resource and create habitat for the critters. Cut the big trees to free up the forest to regenerate by bringing in more light and, while you are at it, open the view to the hills of Vermont on the other side of the river
Hire a big, powerful machine (and a guy who knows how to drive it) to haul logs out of the woods to a landing where a big truck can get in and lift the logs with a crane on to the truck that will haul the logs to the saw mill
Admire the big lengths of pine, cherry, and oak and then walk in the forest and note all the little ones who aspire to grow big while creating more seedlings to do the whole cycle over again once more
Bring the splitter down from the house to landing and buck up rounds with the saw and stack the rounds to most efficiently split the rounds into pieces for the stove.
Throw the split pieces into piles to dry in the New England sun and wind and rain under the watchful eyes of Luna whose field you are traversing whenever you head down to the woodpile
Place those pieces in the bucket of the tractor and in the trailer and haul the cords to the basement or under the bean barn to dry a bit more as the leaves turn and weather begins to show signs of colder air sliding down from Canada
Stack the wood in rows on wooden pallets in the basement near the new furnace that burns wood (or heating oil should the wood run out) and then start the first fire and load wood into the firebox every four hours or so and enjoy the heat as the weather turns cold and, if you are lucky, for the rest of the winter season

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