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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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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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orange and red flames of fire

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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UNUSUAL TIPS FOR STACKING FIREWOOD – Plus one awesome benefit!

By Brian Zebertavage | April 22, 2020 |
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If you burn wood for heat or food, you need to respect your wood supply. Whether firewood is delivered to your homestead, or if you’ve taken on the task of cutting and splitting yourself, the wood needs to be stored properly for it to burn efficiently. It’s not just wood.…

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START A WOOD FIRE IN 3 MINUTES! HERE’S HOW

By Brian Zebertavage | March 30, 2020 |
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campfire wood burning flames

This fire-starting method will work for all wood burners using a woodstove, fireplace, outdoor firepit or campfire. Where ever you enjoy the flames, get them up and running without a hassle. But why start the fire so quickly? What are the benefits? Is it safe? What sensible reason could any…

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