A few days ago, even though we weren't quite finished with our busy season, we found ourselves with a few hours free while the tankards were drying. What should we do with those few free hours? Quick, let's cut some firewood!
The days have been getting colder and it's time to use the woodstove, but up to this point the only wood we had to burn was scrap wood from the shop... which, while it burns hot, also burns too quick for long-term warmth. We needed some logs to make a decent fire.
So Don tuned up the chainsaw...
...and started cutting.
Within fifteen minutes or so, he'd cut enough rounds for about half a cord of wood. He was astonished by how quick it was to cut wood when the logs are stacked like this.
Then we pulled the wood splitter around, and he and I took turns splitting wood.
We also discovered a yellow jacket nest in the maul portion of the splitter. This would have been a more distressing discovery if the wasps weren't sluggish with cold. As it turned out, they were the ones in distress because every time one crawled out of the splitter, it got, well, splitted. Or splatted.
Took about an hour to split the whole pile.
After this, it was the girls' task to stack the wood on the porch.
We'll do a lot more splitting this month, but for the moment it sure is nice to have a stack of firewood within easy reach!