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Warm thoughts on a snowy evening

February 4, 2013 - Rob Weaver
The two-stroke buzz of chain saws and the sight of orange bucket trucks have been recurring visitors in my neighborhood the past few weeks. Crews working under contract with AEP Ohio have been busy clearing trees, branches and brush that are near electrical lines. That includes many ash trees infected by the borer beetle.

While picking up the wood left behind, I was reminded recently of the saying, “Wood warms you twice; once when you cut it, and again when you burn it.”

That's an understatement. Wood can warm a person a half-dozen times or more: When you cut it, when you split it, when you move it, when you stack it (sometimes you have to move and stack it more than once) and, or course, when you burn it.

But those who use wood to warm their homes also know firewood provides a warm feeling at the thought of reduced fuel bills. Plus, there's all that exercise a person gets cutting, splitting, moving stacking. ...


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