So much! Too little!


Winter. Is. Coming. And boy are we feeling the pressure here. It doesn’t look like this yet, but it will. Soon.

We have about five cords cut and bucked so far. We need 20.

And it all has to be debarked, split, and stacked up to dry by the time we get too much snow to work out there.

If all of this doesn’t happen, the wood won’t be aged and dry enough to build with next summer.

The “brush” pile is now reaching gargantuan proportions because of all the slash that the tops of the Aspen trees makes. You never really think about it when you’re looking up at them from the ground, but there is a LOT of slash to be dealt with when you take one of these trees down.

Lessons Learned:

  1. Make a PLAN for where your burn pile will be, where you’ll be stacking the wood, where your cordwood will be vs. firewood, etc. No, really. You’re not going to want to do this because you just want to get to work. But NOT doing it will result in disorganization and you having to move brush and wood more than once, and that’s a waste of precious time and energy. Ask me how I know.
  2. Consider everything. We never gave a thought to the slash the Aspens would have. And now, our brush pile is going to end up three times the size it was before we began taking down trees. That’s a lot of wood to burn when it comes time to burn it.
  3. Get rid of all the stumps. Not the big tree stumps, but the stumps from the alder, hazel, etc. The little stuff. Get it right down to the ground, or an inch above, right away. You’re not going to “waste your time” doing this. Do it anyways. It makes moving around on the land WAY safer, WAY easier, and if you need to get a 4-wheeler up there to move stuff around, you CAN.

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Comments (2)

  • Nancy J Blandin 1 year ago Reply

    I don’t suppose you could at least mulch some of it?

    Lisa 1 year ago Reply

    The slash? I suppose we could, but we’d need to rent a chipper, and at $150/day it’s not a realistic solution, especially since our slash isn’t just wood, it’s leaves, too.

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