Splitting, Storing and Seasoning Firewood

Splitting, Storing and Seasoning Firewood

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In addition to my larger wilderness trips, I like to share some of the things I get up to around my house which is in an area called ‘Ontario’s Near North’. It’s a rural area with large amounts of Crown Land, backcountry lakes, rivers, Pine, hardwood and mixed forests that sprawl over the rugged Canadian Shield landscape. It’s a beautiful place to call home. Living in an area like this comes with a certain type of lifestyle. It’s slower-paced, we heat with wood and we need to plan ahead with things like food, and for long power outages, mechanical repairs, snow removal, building, and more. We need to maintain a certain amount of self-sufficiency and of course, we enjoy fun hobbies and activities in and around our property too.

We’d taken these things for granted as something that may interest people who are also doing it, or who may have a dream to live in a place like this one day. About a year ago, a friend suggested that we include some of the things we get up to around our home in our YouTube content. So here’s a little ‘behind the scenes’ look at my day to day life outside of the adventures I do. Of course, my channel is all about the outdoors and this is all outdoors-related too. For more of these homesteading-type videos, check out this playlist of things we get up to on our property and around it.

In this video specifically – My wife Tori and I reflect on the 23 face cords of wood we bucked up and split last fall. That gave us enough for two winters. The logs we had delivered this summer are still wet so, instead of cutting them up and splitting them all, we decided to let them sit in a pile and season to be cut next year. But we wanted to get some of those logs split as back-up and dry them out as much as possible.

With our main woodshed full, and wood stacked all around it too, we needed to build another woodshed. The type we built is specifically meant for drying wood, you can see that the slats are wide to allow maximum airflow. After buying the materials, the shed took us about six hours to build. Things would have gone faster though if I hadn’t cut one of the 2x4s too short. Knowing that there were no hardware stores open, outside of a 50-minute drive each way, I had a bit of a meltdown which was caught on camera (it’s pretty funny). Fortunately, I was able to reach out to my neighbour who luckily had a 4×4 tucked behind a shed he’d just built and we were back in business before too long. We finished the last bit of the shed after dark and were satisfied with what we’d built. We’d built it in a spot that provides easy access and that has enough flat ground around it that we could add on to the shed significantly the following year, creating more space to store drying wood.

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