There is nothing in my whole house that makes me go “ahhhhh” like standing in front of our woodstove and a frosty winter’s morning.
At any given time all winter long you are likely to find at least one person warming their backside by this great heat source.
Living in the Northwest makes heating with wood an inexpensive option to electricity or natural gas.
We rarely have to buy wood as there are always neighbors or friends that have storm downed trees or those cut to make way for gardens or building projects.
Another great advantage is we often lose electricity in the winter and can both heat and cook with it!
Cedar, fir, and maple are the usual woods we burn here. We put up wood in the summer and fall usually totally around 5 – 6 cords. We keep our stove lit almost 24/7 from Thanksgiving until early May.
Wood heat is messy. We need to clean the stove of ashes often. There is also the chimney cleaning at the beginning of each season. Of course there is the constant sweeping of bits of wood off the tile hearth.
But the bone warming, intense heat that only seems to come from wood is more than worth it!
Besides there is not better place in the house for drying wet snow clothes…
Or newly painted furniture!
So if mama is missing this winter, check in front of the woodstove…
She is likely to be there warming her hinney, most like with a cup of tea in hand!
So what makes you go “ahhhhhh’ during the winter season?
Kim can also be found at the inadvertent farmer where she raises organic fruits, veggies, critters, kids, and…a camel!