When researching wood stoves (my favorite part of our house renovation project), I remember reading a note from someone that before you consider buying one, know that you are going to have a new relationship with wood. Buying, chopping, storing, hauling, burning, cleaning. You name it, you’re probably going to need to have a solution. I don’t mind. In fact, working with wood is one of the things I love about having a stove. It all fits firmly into my (fake) rugged outdoorsman dad identity.
Yes, I have wood storage inside the house next to the stove. I have wood storage outside the house. I have carrier bags for wood. I have dust pans for the ashes (but rarely need to empty any ash!). I have metal pails for kindling. I have gloves for handling the hot stove. The list goes on and on.
My relationship with wood is past the honeymoon stage now.
One thing I didn’t realize before having a wood stove is the difference between softwood (less dense, dry quicker) and hardwood (more dense, burn longer/hotter), and what types there are of each. My wood supplier has bags of hardwood as well as bags of only oak-only hardwood, which is regarded as the all-around best hardwood for it’s long and clean burn.
Who knew? What else am I going to learn about wood?
Plenty of winter left and plenty more time for my relationship with wood to blossom and grow.
So much to look forward to. 😉