Even if after only two and a half colder days it meanwhile has become warmer again [today we've been promised up to 75 degrees Fahrenheit and the next days are supposed to be mild, too, with lows of around 50 Fahrenheit] the next winter – well, what is called winter here in south-central Texas – will some day soon arrive and then we’ll have to do some heating. Therefore I got around to, with the help of a good acquaintance, splitting some firewood.
I needed help mainly since I was unable to split those big oaken logs which we had been given to us last year by Mary’s cousin Margaret with my little log splitter. The maximum of 5 tons which this piece of equipment can do are quite enough for my usual tasks of splitting Mesquite logs of up to and slightly above 6 inches in diameter as Mesquite wood splits fairly easily, but it won’t work for oaken logs of up to a foot in diameter. For that I needed Stephen Serna’s much stronger log splitter which builds up to 35 tons of splitting power. And with that machine it was almost child’s play to split the wood, and now we have a goodish supply again.
That’ll last us a while, but we’ll certainly need more once it gets cold for a longer period again and especially when there’s a cold wind blowing. With our old and draughty house and only an open fireplace to warm up the living-room the firewood gets burned up fairly quickly. As they say about open fireplaces: your front will get burned while your back will still freeze. But seriously: open fireplaces ar not the most efficient way to warm a room. Well, luckily there’s plenty more wood:
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