By bunnbunn request, a gratuitous woodpile shot. Who takes a photo of their woodpile?? WTF?
It split so nice I couldn’t resist squaring off the corners of each wood pile. Perfect 8×4 cords. EE would probably understand why this perfection somehow matters.
Hickory is dense and heavy even after its been seasoned. These babies are slow burning and packed with btu content. Shown are the couple cords I stacked in the basement. In total I put up six cords of hickory and two cords of hard maple. Probably not quite enough to serve as primary heat source in a long winter but plenty for my purpose which is supplementing heat on the colder days and for in case of emergency, i.e. during an unlikely but possible power outage.
My fireplace is very inefficient so recently I put a good woodstove insert into the firebox, removed the damper and ran the stove pipe up the chimney. Thanks to federal stimulus “money”, 30% of the cost of installing high efficiency wood stoves is recouped as a credit on federal income tax returns this year. I would have done this stove anyway but the tax credit is enough to cover the cost of a couple years worth of wood so I’ll take it.