leedarkwood wrote:Yesterday was the day we were expecting to get our firewood for the year and we had a bit of a shock!
We had gone into the local forestry office to (we thought) order our firewood for the year, on the advice of the villagers, one of whom went with us. We normally order around 6 to 8 cubic meters, and it usually costs around 20 euro a cubic and is delivered in one meter tree trunk lengths on a lorry.
That is what we expected to happen this year. Only it didn't.
It turned out that what we ordered was permission to go into the forest and cut the wood! 2.50 euro a cubic, bring your own chainsaw and lorry. Yan and an American volunteer set off in the morning to meet a neighbour that was willing to do the actually cutting, and found that around 40 men from the village were also heading out to the forest, to meet the Gorski, the forest offical, who pointed out to each man which trees he could cut, about one out of every five, saving the straightest ones for growing on. The trees were black pine, about 40 years old. First he marked the trees with an axe blow, and then the base of the tree was cleaned with an axe and it was stamped to show that after the felling that had been a legal tree. All branches had to be cut and stacked neatly, leaving piles for rotting down but keeping the forest floor tidy. Yan was gone all day, working hard to move the cut logs down to the tracks for loading. We didn't get our wood in the end, but will go back on Friday to load our cut logs, as the load before ours managed to fall off the lorry and had to be reloaded, and it was getting too dark to continue! A hard but very interesting day he says, seeing just how carefully the forests are managed with the involvement of the local community. One lorry load is about six to eight trees, and will warm our house, workshop, volunteer room and the bookshop, four stoves.
leedarkwood wrote:Yes we have all our firewood for this winter dry and stacked round the house, plus enough already to get us well into next winter. Some of this load I might bark cleanly and cut into exactly 33 cms lengths and use for cordwood building.
Mat wrote:why is it unsafe to burn wet logs? We just chopped down a couple of old fruit trees in the garden and the girlfriend's father put a couple of entirely fresh logs on the fire before he went out because he said they would burn slower and still be warming the house when he got back. He's a retired city dweller (as well as a fantastic boozer) and I have no respect whatsoever for his 'village skills'.
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