The cold snap is upon us. This morning it was -34C (-29F). Brrrr. For most of this winter, which has been fairly mild, I have been burning spruce, pine, aspen, and cottonwood firewood in our wood stove. I have been saving my birch firewood for colder temperatures, and now that they have arrived I have started burning it.
Birch is our best firewood for cold weather. It burns slow, hot, and long. It is a whole lot heavier than the other woods I burn. The white bark is really flammable and I often use it to start up my stove along with paper and kindling, when the stove is cold. Now that I am burning birch I usually have hot coals left over in the morning, so don’t really have to start the fire from scratch.
The photo shows the birch pieces in my firewood carrying cradle.
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