January 18th, 2011
The Art of Snipping Kindling
Posted by Francesca
The farm crew has been really busy with all of their winter chores and one of them is winter pruning. As you know, we have several apple trees and it’s really important to cut back last year’s new growth in order to stimulate the fruit-bearing limbs. Pruning the apple trees means you have lots of cut branches which, when snipped to size, make excellent kindling. I found Gyurme doing this the other day, so I pitched in to help.
1 It's that time of year when the fruit trees need pruning and from the look of things, quite a bit has been snipped.
2 We try not to waste anything at the farm and I have a strong notion of how these branches will be used.
3 Gyurme, am I correct in assuming that you are snipping this fruitwood into the appropriate size for Martha's kindling?
4 Well, in that case, I am more than happy to help. I find this job so gratifying! You, of course, want this kindling stacked with the firewood?
5 This beautiful split wood, unfortunately, came from beautiful stately trees knocked over by the tornado! Did you know that a full stacked cord of wood should have a volume of 128 cubic feet (3.62 m3)?
6 Wow! Who knows how many cords this is! No wonder we need so much kindling!
7 Look at this nice bundle of kindling I made.
8 However, there is just one problem - how am I going to get it under the tarp to protect the kindling from the elements?
9 Of course! Good old reliable, Gyurme!
10 Won't Martha be proud when I tell her about this! I just have a little issue, however. When the fire is lit, the cats always come to sit by it. But, who did all the work? They might learn to say thank you.
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