Since the last mention of heating it has actually gotten cold and snowed. We had a week of not getting above 35 degrees F. We used a lot of wood.
We started out with a cord (4 feet high-16 feet long stack of wood) of nice seasoned oak, and have literally burned almost half way through it in 1.5 months. Sheesh. Cold nights here can conceivably last until the end of April-so we have a ways to go. We brought with us about ¼ cord of elm that had been seasoned for a year-so it’s ready to burn.
When I say seasoned, I mean cut to length (no more than 2.5 feet long and 8 inches round), and set outside to dry out. The drying out process may take 6 months to a year, here in a semi-arid climate. Burning non-seasoned wood produces less heat and more creosote in the stove. Below is a nice article:
So, in lieu of buying another cord of wood, which is expensive ($360 delivered), we have been hunting for alternate sources of wood. We found it! The nearest city has 2 wood chipping and dump sites. A dump site is a place where home owners and yard contractors may dump trimmed trees. The city comes behind them and piles some of it and chips the rest of it. Jackpot! We have borrowed a chainsaw and are finding both green and seasoned wood. So far we have gathered about 1/3 a cord and have it drying out.