For us, living on a large acreage, we have enough wood to sustain us with a ton of firewood for the next hundred years. We aren’t afraid to keep our house warm because, well, heat is free.
Cameron likes to gush about heating with wood.
“We don’t pay anything for heat. Because we heat with wood from our own property, it’s free,” he likes to say.
To which I roll my eyes and say, “Yes, technically, you’re right. But we have to cut it and collect it and stack it and deal with it everyday. We spend days collecting our wood for the next year. And what is your billable hourly rate? See, if we just purchased wood and you worked on those days, we might actually be ahead if we bought wood. Plus we have to pay for fuel for the chainsaw, and we had to buy the chainsaw itself, too. So if you crunch the numbers then you’d see that–”
He interrupts me and grins,”But we get to spend time together being outside on our property, and we know that every piece of wood that keeps us warm was cut and hauled by us. We look at each piece and remember where it came from. Plus we’re getting exercise and we don’t have to pay for gym memberships!”
Who could argue with that?