Fire… the original alternative energy. It’s a great idea to stock up on SOME firewood even if you do not have a proper fireplace, just in case. But can you find enough “downed” timber to prepare a suitable stockpile? probaby not…
So you’ll probably have to fell some of your own trees. NOT the safest thing in the world, even for professionals… so here’s a nice video to help you have at least a minimal amount of knowledge before starting to cut.
believe me, a 20′ apple tree seems easy enough until it starts falling towards your house… a great “pucker” moment!
Im with Andrew, growing up in upstate NY we burned wood at the farm every winter..and I hated cutting down the hardwood trees, limbing them then blocking then splitting and ranking it..you have to handle wood so many times to get it from the field into the basement and then to the furnance..specially when your working in 12-16″ of snow..man I hated that..work at the shop all day and spend the wkends getting wood in
We never cut wood in the snow. We had to drive about 40-50 miles to ge the wood then haul it home unload, stack and cover with tarp. You have to let it sit for a year or two and dry so that it doesn’t smoke up the house from all the pitch and moisture in it. We had ALOT of wood.
I did have to split wood in the winter some times. We often underestimated how long the winter would be and how much wood we would need. This resulted in a shortage of presplit wood so we would have to split more.