Making use of things other people have no use for.
There is a sawmill about an hour away from me. It is run by some Mennonites and they work hard making harvesting and milling logs into what we are all here for. Beautiful boards and timbers with which we use to make our projects. But there is a lot of the tree that is just not useful for sale for this purpose. What to do with the waste? Well in this instance, I heat my home with it. All the slab wood and off cuts are offered up for sale at a really affordable price. I just put my order in and had 2 truckloads delivered. The truck has a 20 yard box on it and the 2 loads cost me about $650 CDN. This will keep me warm in my home for 2 years. That does not include the extra heat cycles from moving and stacking it. A win win situation. A small local company gets some extra dollars that they need, I get to heat for cheap. Not to mention that if they could not sell it, they would have to dispose of it somehow, and that somehow would likely be a large clearing where they could have a burn pile. This way, at least, the waste serves a useful function in it’s disposal. I also always find a few pieces that end up in the shop.
We have a bit of work ahead of us.
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