Our daughter has a friend who has a small sawmill. Said friend had a pile of slabwood he wanted to get rid of for a nominal fee.
This sounded like a very good way for us to get some small wood for starting our fires during the wood heating season.
We start fires by placing kindling over a few pieces of crumpled paper, then adding some pieces of small soft wood (the slabwood will fill this bill) before adding a log or two of hard wood which holds a fire for a long time.
The kindling we have . . .
. . . and the big wood shed full of hard wood.
But we were lacking small soft wood that would catch fire easily and burn quickly to make a bed of hot coals for the hard wood.
Now we have it!
We took our truck and flatbed trailer which measures 8' wide x 14' long to the sawmill and piled it high with the available slabwood.
Now if the Magic Firewood Fairy would just come tonight, unload the slabs, cut them up and stack them neatly in our small wood shed, life would be good.
What am I saying? Life is good. Hubby and I took a lovely drive through the fall colors to the sawmill, spent the couple of hours it took us to load (yes, every single piece by hand) in the beautiful, fresh, cool air while at the same time chatting away and getting some really good exercise. Not a bad way to spend a few hours on a gorgeous autumn day.