Ever since I was old enough to safely swing an ax, I have been helping my family cut wood.
I am happy that l learned the skill early on because now that I live alone, there is no one to help me to keep my wood supply restocked for every winter season season.
Unluckily, temperatures seem to get colder and colder every single year, as our region hits new records for lows. Last year our power grid was hit especially hard and some cities in this state went without electricity for a week and a half while the energy companies desperately tried to restore them. It’s hard to stay warm in freezing temperatures if your means of heating your home is taken away from you. But for me, this isn’t an issue as I’ve always relied primarily on wood heating for my homes to prevent ever relying too much on other forms of energy. That way I have heat even in the worst weather conditions. That is critical for surviving in a cold environment. and, I have made upgrades to my wood furnace over the years. Instead of using the fireplace built into the wall, I have more than one separate wood stoves on opposite ends of our home that do a good job of releasing heat into the air without losing too much of it up either chimney. I also have those little fans that run off heat energy that you can link to the tops of each wood stove to push some of that radiant heat around the room and disperse it better.