Thursday, January 17, 2013

The Fire Garden

This here looks like a pile of logs near a bench, but it is actually much more. It is a stack of heat. I have used mainly wood to keep this place comfortable all winter (comfortable to me, anyway). I like heating a living fire, it's become another harvest on this little homestead. Just like a garden it demands presence and sweat, a lot of work for a promise of a future bounty There isn't a lot of difference in felling trees and planting beans, not when it comes down to the nitty gritty. You are doing the work because someday you will draw comfort from it, primal comfort. A bowl of bean soup by a fire is a poem and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. I am growing suspicious of heat that comes from dials and buttons. It is starting to feel like plastic.

6 Comments:

Blogger Moose Hollow Farm said...

For 40 years, my husband and I have heated with wood. Our first house was old, uninsulated and the furnace died after we owned the house for a year. We resorted to wood and we have heated with it (at least partially)since that time in all 4 homes that we have owned. We love it and so do our grandsons ~ they cook marshmallows and hot dogs in the wood stove and love the heat when they come in from playing outside in the snow. Wood heat is wonderful!!!!!!!!

January 17, 2013 at 4:49 PM  
Blogger phaedra96 said...

Wood fire heat is sooo warm. We finally put in propane because hubby was gone so much and it takes time to cut, haul, and stack wood. Propane is cold. I can turn the thermostat up to 75 and still be cold. We keep the wood furnace so the pipes will not freeze if the electricity goes down or the temp fall below 0. Nothing but wood will keep this house warm then.

January 17, 2013 at 4:57 PM  
Blogger TheHotFlashHomestead said...

We use a combination of pellet stove and propane and stay nice and warm. The propane (central heating) heats the bedrooms and bathrooms up quickly first thing in the morning, and the pellet stove keeps us warm the rest of the day and evening. But we keep the house in the upper 60's, so we like it a little bit warmer than you do! Sometimes I wish we had a wood stove, but we live in coastal California, so it's not like we have a lot of forests to harvest from or anything.

January 17, 2013 at 6:58 PM  
Blogger Michelle @ Give a Girl a Fig said...

I can't wait to someday have a wood burning stove and get away from the dials and buttons. So interesting that you say it feels like plastic...never thought of it that way.

January 18, 2013 at 9:33 AM  
Blogger Sneaux said...

I'm loving wood heat. I grew up on it, and came back to it after 25 years. In fact, I was contemplating on it yesterday - how it completes a closed circle. The tree comes from the earth, it's cut when it's dead, burns in my wood stove, then the ash goes into my compost pile and back into the earth. A zero waste, closed circle cycle of life, death and heat. :)

January 18, 2013 at 1:48 PM  
Blogger Cary at Serenity Farms said...

Amen to that! I'm sitting by the wood fire tonight knitting mittens from yarn that I spun myself from wool that our farm flock produced. Our supper included ground lamb in the casserole...A happy life, thank you Lord ;D

January 18, 2013 at 5:52 PM  

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