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DayCreek Journal

November 29 , 1997

 

The Great Wall of Cordwood
With my measly kerosene heater in hand, I was able to stack the first row of wood. The wall is 8' high and almost 54' long. It's necessary to stack the wood for a few of reasons. The first reason is to determine really how much wood I've got. Although the wood was stacked neatly at Ed McAllen's house, it was still too difficult to tell exactly how many face cords of wood existed. The second reason is to help sort out any punky pieces of wood that would be unsuitable for cordwood building. Thirdly, the wood should be kept off of the ground and allowed to breath. (Even though the wood is already seasoned, the wood has been exposed to moisture for a while now and should be dried as best as possible.)

It was a quiet and cold weekend. My only visitor was a wooly caterpillar that slowly crawled across the floor of the shed. It was moving so slow that unless you checked back every 15 minutes or so, you wouldn't have known that it moved. With winter on the doorstep and the holidays approaching, my next visit is uncertain at this time.

I've calculated that one more wall should finish off all of the remaining wood that needs to be stacked. If that is the case, I will probably need maybe 5 to 10 face cords of wood. I will probably try to find some cedar wood that I will use around the base of the house since that will probably be the wettest part of the house.