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Wood Heat and Chickens: Two Steps Toward Self-Sufficiency

| 1/5/2017 10:20:00 AM

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about starting a journey to become self-sufficient, having the perfect plan, and getting to write about it. I also wrote about how things didn’t go according to my perfect plan and how I was ready to start again even though winter was starting and I didn’t have much to write about.


So, here we are in the midst of a new year trying to make some positive steps towards self-sufficiency. One of the small, but still forward, steps we’ve taken this winter also happens to be one of my favorites: burning wood in the fireplace! There are so many reasons why I absolutely love to burn wood. First, in my opinion, there is no better heat than that produced by wood. Second, it cuts down on our dependency on propane, natural gas, kerosene, or whatever heating fuel you use.

The Virtues of Wood Heat

You see, even though other heating fuels are cheaper now than they usually are this time of year, it’s still more expensive than wood in many places, plus I must rely on somebody else to get those other fuels from their origins to me. For wood, I can just go out and cut it and get it home by myself. It has been said and is very true that wood heats you up three different times — once when you cut it and bring it home, once when you split and stack it, and then again when you burn it. Now I call that efficiency!

Third, I love the aroma from the smoke drifting out of the chimney. Finally, it helps create one of the best atmospheres known to man. Whether it’s a campfire or in your fireplace with the lights off and you’re just relaxing with your family, there is nothing that beats watching a crackling fire.

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