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This blog brings you creative TIPS, TOOLS, STORIES, FACTS and ‘interesting FUN’.

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THEY DRINK HUMAN BLOOD – 2 Ways to Stop Them

By Brian Zebertavage | August 28, 2021 |
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(YOU’LL BE SURPRISED WHAT KEEPS THEM AWAY) They can smell you from 25 meters. Their zig zag flying prowess is hard to keep track of. With tiny, barely visible frames, they hover, beady eyes fixated on exposed human skin. They’re relentless – they can’t wait to land, bite, and drink…

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A BACKYARD FIREWOOD RACK – Build one bigger and better

By Brian Zebertavage | July 25, 2021 |
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large firewood holder filled with split wood in the middle of woods

INCLUDES CREATIVE TIPS FOR BUILDING YOUR OWN RACK Quick and easy, solid and sturdy – it all came together using odds and ends from my workshop. What came of it was no work of art – but it sure holds a lot of firewood. Sometimes the easiest and most simplistic…

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YOUR FIREWOOD’S BEST FRIEND

By Brian Zebertavage | June 18, 2021 |
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aluminum firewood holder filled with split firewood resting on green grass in backyard with trees in background

IT ALL STARTED WITH A DREAM…BY A FIRE. That late night blaze inspired the idea that became a reality. My mind went crazy with thoughts. I envisioned it by my side…next to the fire…alongside all my fires. The enthusiasm took over and with my thinking cap on, the rest was…

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YAHEETECH OUTDOOR FIREPIT review – My Personal Experience

By Brian Zebertavage | June 1, 2021 |
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closeup of black portable firepit sitting on red stone base surrounded by white pavers in grass of backyard

I WAS IN SEARCH OF AN OUTDOOR FIREPIT THAT HAD IT ALL; One that could safely hold a modest amount of firewood…enough to kick out some serious heat for warmth on cool evenings outside my home – a firepit capable of grilling food, outdoors over an open fire. Appearance was…

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MIX WOODS FOR BETTER FIRES

By Brian Zebertavage | April 30, 2021 |
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GET THE MOST FROM YOUR FIREWOOD SUPPLY. Choosing to add specific wood types at various stages of a fire can make a world of difference, improving the efficiency of every burn. Quicker startups with less smoke – hot embers for consistent open fire cooking – and fires that burn longer…

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HANDLING FIREWOOD – Back-Saving Tips and Tools

By Brian Zebertavage | January 22, 2021 |
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man rolling large tree trunk up a wooden ramp onto a custom log splitter

BACK PAIN FROM SPLITTING FIREWOOD? Here’s What I do… It’s inevitable. If you cut, split, stack or burn firewood, you will eventually use your back muscles. There’s no getting around it. Physical activity will always play a part in your wood burning experience. Felling the tree – saw cutting small,…

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BURNING FIREWOOD FOR HEAT?

By Brian Zebertavage | December 5, 2020 |
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10 MUST-HAVE TOOLS AND GADGETS For many years the wood stove burned hot, providing heat for warmth, food and security. It was my primary choice for heating the home. I enjoyed the comfortable temperature, the savings on my energy bill and I welcomed the benefits of exercise. But most important,…

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DO-IT-YOURSELF LANDSCAPING TIPS Trees Matter

By Brian Zebertavage | October 19, 2020 |
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colorful landscaping purple and green foliage

CHANGE IS IN THE AIR, whether it’s SPRING OR FALL Both seasons boast mild temperatures and provide vibrant colors to our forests and neighborhood landscapes. It’s also a great time of year to add some spice to your front lawn or back yard. Giving your property a makeover is easier…

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TARPS COVERING YOUR FIREWOOD? DON’T FORGET BUNGEE CORDS!

By Brian Zebertavage | September 25, 2020 |
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camotarp stretched over wood pile with 4 orange stakes and bungee cords

PROTECT YOUR FIREWOOD SUPPLY USING THIS QUICK AND EFFICIENT METHOD FOR SHIELDING THE ELEMENTS. Here’s another way to keep your wood supply dry. Below, see how I used bungee cords, stakes and a tarp to protect (and season) a woodpile. Don’t forget to checkout my ‘personal tips’ list too. You…

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The REDNECK ANCHOR Here’s How a Silly (but ingenious) Idea Became a Very Useful Trick

By Brian Zebertavage | August 18, 2020 |
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man with hat and sunglasses relaxing in yellow inner tube in middle of mountain stream

This article also includes cool tips for using floatables in the water. For your next outdoor adventure involving your favorite lake, creek or body of water, check this out…Relax in the water without floating away! (I admit it’s not my best outdoor tip, but it does solve a problem)  ?…

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THIS GATOR EATS WOOD

By Brian Zebertavage | July 29, 2020 |
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alligator chain saw tool on top of wood logs

AS THE JAWS TAKE HOLD AND GRAB THICK BRUSH, tree limbs and large branches, the chain saw cuts through the wood. This handy tool is appropriately named The Alligator. If the landscape at your home or business is cluttered with trees and shrubs, you need to know how this Alligator…

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BEAT THE BOREDOM BLUES Feed Your Inspirational Fire!

By Brian Zebertavage | May 16, 2020 |
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10 Activities for Having Fun During these unprecedented times there’s so much worry: our health, family and friends…our future. As we continue to stay at home as much as possible, why not use the time to improve our physical and mental well-being? KEEP YOUR SANITY! Try engaging yourself in some…

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