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Chopping Wood - 3 Oct 2010
  The weather has hinted at the cold to come, and my cental heating system consists of a 'petchka' (wood burning stove) and pretty much nothing else. The good point being, that as well as wood being relatively inexpensive I also have 15 or mature trees that can be given a haircut for additional fuel.

This can be done by hand, but it is a lot easier and far more macho to do it with a chainsaw, and lets face it men and power tools really do go well together. Also out here the health and safety brigade have yet to ruin every aspect of life, so no course is required. Best just hope I don't loose a couple of fingers in the process.

Chainsaws are quite common in my village so before I go out and but one I thought I would have a go on someone else's first, this is not normally my approach previously I would have bought the chainsaw just in case I ever needed it. Perhaps I am getting old (35)!

In order keep from freezing thorugh the winter, I usually get through 3 cubic metres of firewood with a few bags of 'vuglishta' (coal). This can be bought direct from the local shop. At about 70 Lev a cubic metre, which then requires sawing and splitting. Or else you can get a permit from the forestry people and cut a few trees down in the local forest, which only costs about 5 lev a cubic metre you do have to transport the stuff yourself.

Fortunately I have friends with horses and carts as well as one friend with an old army 4x4 transporter that is capable of moving 3 cubic metres of wood in one go. So this was the preferred method. Having aquired the permit and told which trees we could cut down we headed off to in to the forest. Cut down said trees and loaded them onto the army transporter. I left in the transporter with the driver. Just as we were exiting the forest, I looked across at the driver (Ekrem) and realised he was 3 feet above me, the indestructable army transpoter had tipped over!

Luckily this was not the problem I imagined it to be! He started laughing,as I was nearing panic. We got out of the vehicle, removed all the wood and it righted itself, phew!. Ekrem moved 10 metre forward and we reloaded, just the two of us as everyone else had already left. Ekrem though all this was hilarious, and after a while I saw the funny side as well. Just my arms were telling me otherwise. I am now in the process of splitting all the logs into a size that can be used in my wood burner!

As ever I am trying to decide which metod of getting wood is the most efficient, and in all reality it is probably easier to buy it straight from the shop, but this really does take away from the experience of actually doing something for yourself, and living a self reliant lifestyle or at least trying to should be about doing things for yourself (even with a lot of help) rather than just paying someelse to do it for you. Although I quite tempted to see if anyone wants to help chop the damn stuff up!


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