It was also time for a new saw buck. After many years the old one was pretty wobbly and not exactly safe. The old one also required a cut between the two end cross supports and the log would pinch on the saw blade as you got to the bottom of the cut. This one has one extra center cross support which will hopefully eliminate that situation. It is a little heavier to haul from one place to the other but will work better.
We heat with aspen firewood since aspen is actually classified as a hardwood albeit at the very bottom of the quality firewood list. Pine, spruce or fir tends to creosote up the wind cap and chimney and requires a mid season cleaning. Since you never know how much snow you may end up with at 9,750' of evation it can be pretty hazardous to climb to the top of the roof in the winter to clean the chimney. Aspen does bury pretty clean and can be burned an entire season without a problem providing you apply a creosote cleaner on a regular basis.
So the long hard job is finished for this year and next year we will start all over again. Thank goodness the annual job list is getting short.
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