Him Next Door has been raring to go and worried about our log reserves since before we started using last winter's store. We are lucky and have an abundant supply of logs to hand as we have common land trees next to our garden, which we help manage. I was quite shocked to find that even wet softwood logs can cost from £70 per 1m3. The price only goes up with quality and dryness, about £130 for kiln dried. 1m3 wouldn't last long at all.
Our main problem is that the logs are still attached to the growing trees. The job of lobbing off and then pulling up branches from the rather steep valley is very firmly in the domain of the men of this clan. Thank goodness for the ride on mower, which doubles as a miniature haulage vehicle. Once the branches have been brought to the top of the valley the mower is used again, complete with a trailer made from an old plastic container fortified with a wood frame. The cut logs are carried using the trailer to their penultimate resting place, the wood store.
|Our wood resource - free, bar the labour.|
|Our new wood store.|