There's a quote by some old-white-guy that says wood warms twice, or three times, I'm not sure. But, after this past weekend I'm convinced it warms SO MUCH MORE than whatever he said.
First there's the hauling out into the field.
Then comes the cutting into stove-length chunks.
Then, inevitably, there's the fixing of equipment. And, as was our case this weekend, there was the trip to the hardware store to buy a new chain and some sharpening files.
Next Farmer John got warmed up by splitting lots and lots of wood. He was so warmed up that he broke the new handle on the splitting maul.
Which meant another trip to town for a new handle. However, the old-white-guy standing next to him in the handle aisle recommended that he just by a new maul. "Hope you're not buyin' that for a splittin' maul. It'll break right at the end." Farmer John took his advice.
We were back in business and the warming continued with the loading of the truck...
the unloading of the truck...
Finally we loaded the truck for the fourth time, and cleaned up all the tools.
Thanks to our hard-working wood crew we have half a winter's worth of wood cut. By my count it's already warmed us eight times, and we haven't even burned it yet!