This is the wood burning stove that has been in the Jarvis House for many years.
I get a lot of complaints about the ugliness of this stove, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder. After thirty years, it works perfectly. The logs can be loaded from the side and the pull out ash tray is convenient too.
Out in the way back of the Jarvis garden I have been sorting fallen limbs and twigs.
About a year ago I started separating limbs that had a diameter too large for my chipper to handle. I thought that my adult kids could cut these up with chain saws and use them in their stoves.
After reorganizing my small garage barn, I needed to re-position my vice so that my car wouldn't hit it as I pulled in and out of the building. This is the first year that I have been able to put my car into a garage, and I wasn't good at doing that. My friend Rich helped me attach it to the side of the workbench, well out the way. Suddenly I could use a bow saw to cut up these limbs!
I found a very small electric chain saw at a sale that had never been assembled. My son, Kevin, and my friend Rich got it together and warned me about the dangers of using a chain saw. I wear protective goggles and gloves when I use it, and only on the largest diameter limbs, otherwise I use the bow saw.
Since the limbs have been outside for a while, they are brittle and dry. I can snap some of them between this forked tree avoiding cutting them at all! A little leverage works well.
I cover my wood piles and log rings with tarps
weighted down by old window sash weights. The wind has been really fierce this winter and the weights have worked to keep the wood covered and dry.
Even on the coldest days, you can pick up smaller twigs that have blown down from the garden's old trees. I pile them on a patio table that has a round slate top, then I
snap them into smaller pieces and store them in a covered garbage pail near the log rings.
Three of the most important tools that I have, when I am sawing wood in the barn, are two real hair brooms, one push broom and one fox tail broom, and a metal dust pan. I think that these are probably 30 or 40 years old each. They work perfectly and pick up the chips from the chain saw and the sawdust too. I'll match these up to any synthetic and plastic brooms for excellence, and they last longer. Grab them if you see them at a garage sale.
I use old oriental carpets to protect the floors, and a canvas carrier to bring in twigs. Yes that is a Chinese fishbowl that I put kindling and egg carton in to start the fires.
Henry Ford said:
“Chop your own wood, and it will warm you twice.”
They also say "wood warms you three times - once when you cut it down, once when you cut it up, and once when you burn it." But I say that wood warms you again
when you pile it into your wheelbarrow,
and bring it in from the way back,
when you bring it into your barn, or stack it in a log ring or wood rick, and just the idea of looking at a fireplace or snuggling up to the stove, even an ugly one, wood warms you.
The best warmth is when you get your regular fuel bill from the natural gas company and it isn't quite as high as you thought it might be, and how you feel independent just in case of an ice storm or power outage which can happen even in suburbia.