It’s January and that means time to drop some end of life trees. We drop our trees in mid winter because we don’t have to worry about birds nesting in them andΒ  laying eggs. It is also easier to get through the woods without all the undergrowth in the way. The trees are easier to drop without the leaves as well. All of this makes for a more enjoyable and successful tree dropping experience for Addie and I and a safer one too.

We generally use roughly 3 cords (4x4x8 feet per cord) of firewood per winter. We currently have 4 cords stored from last year. We started this winter with just about 5.5 cords. We should end with 2.5 cords roughly. This means we need to create another 1/2 cord to break even for next winter. Today we cut approximately 1/2 cord of firewood. This means we have our 3 cord baseline for next year. Anything else we get now will be gravy on the mashed potatoes πŸ™‚

Here is a brief video followed by some pictures of our tree Chopin fun…

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Gotta stay warm πŸ™‚

Our property provides approximately 5 cords of firewood per year from end of life trees without over harvesting. We only need 3 cords per winter. In spring/summer we use the scraps from the trees tops that we didn’t use for firewood for cooking with and making hot water etc… This reduces the ground debris left behind from chopping up trees. So our land provides an extra 2 cords per year.

An end of life tree is a tree that has reached its final stage in life. They may be fallen over or standing dead or nearly dead. They can also include diseased trees. These are the trees Addie and I focus on taking.

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