Locust Firewood for Next Winter

The last two weeks Eddie has been cutting next year’s winter firewood at a friend’s place down the road. Our friend had about twenty locust trees hanging over his hayfield. He told Eddie he could have it if he cut it down, cut it up and cleaned the limbs from the field. Locust is a really good heating wood, and we don’t have a lot on the farm. I wasn’t allowed to help with this as it was green trees that were covered with poison oak, and I am very allergic.

First load of locust firewood.

He brought in seven eight-foot truck beds full. I didn’t even help unload it. He hopes that it will dry quickly, and the bark will fall off before we get ready to split it. It’s extremely heavy because the trees were still alive.

This is the fourth load, and the pile is getting really big.
Final load is home and ready to cover because ice and rain were predicted to come.
One end of the pile is large pieces to be split at least into fourths. This upper side is the smaller limbs that he cut up.
All covered up until we have a week of sunny days. We’ll keep putting the tarp on and off until the heat of the summer arrives. Heavy posts were added to try to keep the wind from tearing it off.

It’s a great start to our wood supply but this year we have used up nine of ten loads and its only February. We will be on the search for down and dead wood to finish out the season and to add to next year’s warmth.

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