Our wood sheds may be full, but our kindling bin is not.
At least it's not totally empty . . . but I won't feel comfortable until it's filled up to the tippy-top before the start of the fall heating season.
Yesterday Papa Pea and I hauled the wood cutting cradle over by our stack of slabwood that I use for kindling. This wood is sitting out in the open and with all the rain we've had this summer, it is W-E-T!
We knew we had to get some bundles made and put under cover so they would dry out in order for me to split them into the right sized pieces for kindling.
We fill the cradle, cut the wood, tie it into bundles with baling twine, and then take them to a sunny, covered spot that's protected from the rain. I'll leave them there for about a month. Then they'll be ready to be split into kindling and tossed into the kindling bin.
I'm curious to know . . . those of you who have a wood burning stove, how do you handle your kindling situation? Do you need it for starting fires? If not, how do you get your fires started? If you use kindling, do you store a ready supply (and where) or do you make it as you need it? What kind of wood do you use for your kindling? Inquiring minds (or at least mine does) want to know.
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