We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Hell of a lot of wood just for a barbecue! Oh, you mean, you actually use that stuff to keep warm. Well, you're gonna need a lot of it this winter according to the Farmer's Almanac. And the price of heating oil.
You should borrow my nephew... He's six foot, two at sixteen-years-of-age. I put him to work stacking just one cord w/ me the other day and we were done so quickly we went out back and shot pellet guns for a while before he had to leave. The only draw back is he eats a lot. (A whole lot).
Saw my neighbor bringing in his wood by dump truck yesterday. One really BIG truckload is all it takes. I love fireplaces but am spoiled by radiant heated floors. Just flip a switch and walk around barefoot all winter. It takes a few hours to bring the house up to temperature but once it is warmed up it stays cosy without burning much fuel. There are no vents so no worrys about where to put the furniture and the boiler has no fan so no noise and the indoor air does not dry out. Usually have no need for a humidifier. I sometimes open the windows to change over the indoor air but that just takes a few minutes and does not drop the temperature much. Clean, quiet, even heat is a good thing.