So, having the new house has one lovely advantage (aside NOT hearing the current gales) - it has a woodburner and for that I need wood. As Ian pointed out, an odd choice on an island with no commercial forests, however us islands are very frugal and forage for as much free wood as we can. So our logs tend to be square or rectangular rather than round and aren't they gorgeous, only I can truly get so excited by the sight of chopped up waste wood. Mainly firewood in this house comes from recycled pallets, fencing stobs (posts) and drift wood. These are hauled home by some means or others, often legal, and then zapped up in the garage into handy firewood. Its seriously my favourite job ever. Seriously big tubs of fire wood!! I'm very excited.
And, being the 'island' girl that I am nothing, and I mean nothing gets me as excited as a well stocked wood pile. All the better if its free and foraged. Now I can go and buy 'posh' logs at the garage or the local hardware store but at a hugely inflated price, as there are no wood mills or forests here - all firewood is imported which means we pay a much higher price for it. So truly it makes more financial sense (and its more fun) to go a 'foraging' for it locally. And its comes in pretty colours too, you don't see blue posh logs now do you?
After the saw has been buzzing for an hour or so I've filled a couple of massive tubs full of wood for the coming weeks. I love chopping up wood - and after the main logs (all square or oblong) I get the axe out and make our own kindling. Again you can buy kindling but why buy what you can spend a bit of time and effort on.
So that's my efforts towards saving some pennies and getting excited by waste wood helping us heat the cottage. A pallet nets over 15kg of wood - which is alot of logs, time well spent. And, I get the fun of chopping both the logs and the kindling too, whilst getting covered in sawdust. Whilst I use to be scared of the noise of the electric wood saw, now its one of my favourite jobs! Perfect, so that means a hot shower and a cosy fire to sit at, feeling very noble at my efforts. Those are my logs those are, I tell everyone who comes. I'm quite the firewood bore.
Yes serioulsy there not much I don't enjoy more than seeing a huge stack of rather weird looking shapes and sizes of 'logs' and knowing I've got them for free!
Pop over and see Robyn for her frugal friday spot for more inspired ideas and if you've some of your won why not join in. I'm sure it will be more excting than my 'free foraged fuel'!