In a true Christmas miracle, the guys who promised me firewood back in July, and have been telling us increasingly strange stories since early October about why it hadn’t arrived yet, finally actually showed up with it. It isn’t perfect wood– at 23% moisture (measured with my handy moisture meter) it wasn’t quite the “<20% moisture” certified on the invoice they left. And, it is by far the dirtiest firewood I’ve ever seen. I don’t know how they managed to get the wood so dirty. If it went in their kiln that way (and I suspect it did), no wonder they needed an EPA air quality permit for the thing.
Anyway, we were down to the very last sticks of our very first wood purchase (2009), but now we’re good for the winter now (one cord). I won’t be buying from these guys again, I think. To avoid this situation in the future, I’ve already put my order in for next winter with someone more reliable and upfront: Heidi of Heidi’s Firewood (she probably doesn’t need extra publicity, but there it is.)
Merry Christmas to all, and to all, a cold night! (Though actually we are supposed to have rain and record warmth tomorrow…)