Thursday, December 09, 2021

Burn, baby, burn

We inherited a pile of grape vine trunks when we moved into the house back in 2003. Since then, Ken and I have added to it a few times. However, because the trunks need to be cut to fit in our wood stove, they've languished in their spot in a far corner of the yard, piled up between the garden shed and the compost piles, covered with corrugated sheet metal to stay dry.

This is about 2/3 of the original pile. I've already burned about a third.

In the first years after we got the wood stove, I was busy cutting oak logs to burn, so I had no energy left to deal with the trunks. After that, I got a new chainsaw that was no fun to use because it was so difficult to start. Now, I have a new saw that works much better. I've been cutting the trunks one wheelbarrow full at a time. I'm hopeful that I'll be able to get them all burned this season. They're very dry, and dry rot has set in, but they still burn hot, if not for long.


  1. Do they give a specific smell when they burn or not?

  2. It feels good to make progress on that type of chore.

  3. chm, not that I can tell.

    evelyn, :)

    chris, yes it does!


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