Ever since I was old enough to safely swing an ax, I have been helping my family chop wood.
I am happy that I learned the skill early on because now that I live alone, there is no one but me to keep my wood supply restocked for every winter season.
Unfortunately, temperatures seem to get colder and worse every single year, as my region hits new records for lows, however last year our power grid was hit especially hard and some cities in this state went without electricity for a month 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 house 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 freezing environment. and, I have made replacements to my wood heating plan over the years. Instead of using the fireplace built into the wall, I have two separate wood stoves on opposite ends of my house that do a nice 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 connect to the tops of each wood stove to push some of that radiant heat around the room and disperse it better.