We're pretty serious about wood here. And thankfully we have plenty of it. We burn about 6 cord a year of firewood, maybe a little more, depending on the year. With that wood we heat our entire home and all of our domestic hot water (showers, sinks, etc.) all year 'round. To pull that off we use this baby, right here:
|The day we said goodbye to #2 heating oil|
Clearly, no consumption of fuel is totally clean. We burn gas and oil in a chainsaw to cut down trees. Then we use a PTO driven splitter and saw rig to finish our wood for stacking. (We used to split by hand but the tractor sure does make quick work of it) Those implements drive off a tractor that burns diesel. Then we burn the wood and even with a clean burn we emit particles into the atmosphere. Clearly there is an impact. That being said, we do love having that level of independence. Knowing that we can keep ourselves warm (and showered...and with clean dishes)without having the oil truck come down the driveway, pump our tank full and leave us with a whopping bill. It's all right in our back yard. We just have to get out there and work for it.
|Step #2: Cut to length (this is before we had the tractor implement)|