We have been preparing for our first winter here at The Ranch. We're stocking up on groceries, adding straw to the gardens and chicken run, and bringing in herbs. Most importantly, though, is our need for wood to heat our home. We are totally off grid and have a generator for back-up, so we are not worried about power outages. However, our only source for heat is two wood stoves. Since we have not lived here through a winter, we have no idea how much wood will be needed to keep us
and the critters comfortable.
We started out with this...
Our neighbors up the hill cut down a tree and offered us the wood since they don't live here full-time. It took Neal about three trips back and forth with the trailer and three-wheeler
to get this stash.
Now, we're former city folk and don't have a lot of experience with country living, but one thing we knew was that this little stash was not going to see us through the winter. So, we contacted a local wood guy and ordered three cords of aspen. He delivered it in two truckloads and dumped it right on our property. Have you ever seen three cords of wood?
When Mr. Wood Guy delivered the wood, he threw it off the truck in a big, unorganized pile, which was the fastest way for him to get it done. After three days, off and on, of touching each piece and stacking it by hand, Neal made a nice, neat arch of wonderfully seasoned aspen. I really hope this is enough to see us through a Colorado mountain winter, but if it's not...
We know where to get more!