In my last post, which was admittedly of the blah, blah, click variety, I mentioned briefly that I was up at 6:30 awaiting a wood delivery. If you read the first comment on that post you will note that Otto asked for clarification on the wood delivery. (I was so hoping someone would ask!) This post is that clarification.
Clearly, Otto, living south Florida, has no need of the kind of wood delivery of which I speak. In the Pacific Northwest, we have these contraptions in our homes called fireplaces, wood stoves and wood stove inserts (a woodstove inserted into the fireplace and venting out the chimney instead of a pipe up through the roof). These contraptions require wood to work. They heat the place up, making the home a warm and cozy place for all to abide and while costs of wood are increasing they are still cheaper to use as heat for an old energy inefficient home like my own.
However, this wood delivery of mine is not to be confused with another kind of delivery known as the Early Morning Wood delivery. This kind of delivery, like the other wood delivery, works in a certain contraption, heats things up and makes the home a warm and cozy place for all to abide. This kind of Early Morning Wood delivery is definitely, well, usually, worth waking up for especially if you have no regular Wood Supplier. If you have a regular Wood Supplier…that’s even better! Since The Wild Mind does not have a Regular Wood Supplier this is NOT the kind of delivery I spoke of in my last post. My delivery was quite a bit more boring and uneventful than the Early Morning Wood delivery which is anything but boring and uneventful if you are dealing with the right kind of Wood.
Of course, both types of Wood have issues that need to be considered. First, the Wood must be adequately seasoned. If it is not, then a phenomenon known as Wet Wood occurs and the Wood will not light long enough to get the Stove warm and heated. It might light very briefly, but then it flames out before the stove has warmed enough. Once the Wood has become Wet it won’t light at all and a certain amount of time must pass in order for it to be able to even light, let alone burn, adequately.
Further, certain kinds of Wood provide greater satisfaction and heating warmth than others and this should be carefully contemplated when determining if the Wood is going to provide the heat and warmth you seek. Some people prefer pellets because that is what their contraption requires. Others prefer logs of madrone; a large, solid, thick red wood, that burns for hours and provides the warmest heat. I personally am a madrone girl, but to each her own. I’ve heard Pellet heat can be every bit as comforting as the Madrone Wood. Since I really don’t care to do the research on that myself, I will have to take the Pellet Users’ word for it.
Hopefully, Otto, this provided you with clarification on my own wood delivery, which was not the Early Morning Wood delivery I would have preferred were the right Supplier available.
For all ladies out there who Heat With Wood: If a Wood Supplier appears on your doorstep at 6:30 in the morning and he is reliable, trustworthy and able to continue to make delieveries then you should check his Wood to see if it is the type your contraption requires. Don’t forget to consider the cost; some Wood ain’t worth the price no matter what. Do make sure it is well seasoned though. Trying to light Unseasoned Wood is extremely frustrating and futile. The Wood might have some brief fun, but your stove will remain cold and your fire unkindled. If everything checks out and is suitable to you, then my advice ladies, is: tell him where to start stacking!