A burn pile to clean up the limbs. After the tree is felled, the next step is to remove all the limbs, any big limbs will become firewood, the smaller ones are all burned. Notice the foxglove in the background, it borders most of our 10 acres of forest, wherever there's enough sunlight.
then cuts the logs into sections the right length to fit in the wood stove.
About half the wood was harvested the end of May and put in piles and the rest we are getting in late. Ideally all firewood should be cut, chopped and stacked in May, so it can dry and cure throughout the summer, then it will be dry wood for the winter. Well, better late than never, some of it is already dry because it's called standing dead. We harvest smaller Douglas Fir, (if we ever harvest the big stuff it's used in beams and building materials) and larger Alder, simply because that is what we have in our wood lot, Alder is like a weed in the Northwest, it grows everywhere, but when it's dry it's considered a hard wood.