I cleared the wood off the first wood racks I built and now I see why the my wood stayed wet. The rack system I used did not elevate the wood off the concrete and the untreated boards acted like a sponge soaking up water into the racks bottom layer of wood. To fix the issue I have been splitting those chunks of now dry wood as I have physical energy and moving the rest of the wood to the new pressure treated wood racks that have a solid 4″x 4″ worth of clearance above the concrete slab. Making the new wood racks from pressure treated lumber is much cheaper compared to using the metal brackets and untreated 2 x 4’s and the racks seem to keep the wood out of the water and helps with drying the wood out. One critical thing I need to do is build more wood racks and get a multi-year/season wood storage system figured out. Dealing with wet wood because of poor wood rack construction or I did not stock up on enough wood could be very problematic.
I’m splitting the last year’s wood and most of it was stuff that was knotty or had very twisted grains like elm that was too tough to split and use last year. Perhaps I have learned how to split wood better or even twisty grained wood is easier to split when dry but I added another 18 gallon bucket of kindling to the front porch. One thing I can say for sure is dry kindling and dry wood takes a lot less effort than the wet stuff! Last but not least my Chimney sweep will clean the chimney on Oct. 9th and with a little luck she will add another section of pipe to the top of stack so the wood stove draws better and runs cleaner during wood heating season. My chimney is to city code but that does not mean the wood stove burns at it’s best potential. Another 2-3 foot pipe addition is an easy and fairly low cost fix to make the wood stove to run clean and efficient.
That is not all I have been doing I have been shopping and stocking up. Today I went to Fred Meyer/ Kroger and stocked up on a few odds and ends. I have my “Shoppers card” set up for digital coupons with no personal data but my email. I know I can be tracked via that address but the PTBs will at least have to go through a couple of steps to track me. My gosh Tissue paper has become very expensive and the rolls are getting smaller all the time. So Mom and I are stocking up on that stuff whenever we can afford to get some extra TP. Coffee is is getting very expensive and the cans are getting smaller all the time in the stores. Albetrsons is having a sale and I need to add at least 5 cans of mid quality coffee to get the sale price. Getting 3 pounds/48 oz of name brand ground coffee for $5.00- $6.00 is long gone. Oh, you can still buy coffee for $5.00-$6.00 a can but it has only 24 oz. or a pound and and half can of coffee. Well such is life and I expected it but I really hate being right about this sort of thing.
Okay this is not about prepping but I want to buy a 40 inch LED non smart TV and the new/old Nintendo game system for $80.00 at the end of September. Sort of a Birthday present to me for me October. While I hate to get rid of my German bought digital CRT TV that is over 15 years old with a great picture. The lower power costs of an LED is too enticing. Plus I want to play Star Fox 2!