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I LAUGHED, BUT IT WASN’T FUNNY

By Brian Zebertavage | February 7, 2020 |
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IT GOT WORSE A TOXIC SUPER BOWL STORY IT HAD THE MAKINGS OF AN AWESOME PARTY Friends, pizza, beer, and a large video screen – add an outdoor woodfire for keeping football fans warm in the cool Florida evening, and it was the perfect setting. The 3-topping pizzas were hand-made,…

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STILL CARRY FIREWOOD THIS WAY?

By Brian Zebertavage | January 29, 2020 |
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elderly man carrying firewood in his arms

It’s ok, but next time try this… There’s got to be a hundred ways to move firewood from one location to another. I think I’ve tried them all at least once. But somehow, I always come back to the simple method of piling a few logs in my arms as…

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TOP 10 REASONS YOU NEED TREES NEAR YOUR HOME

By Brian Zebertavage | November 30, 2019 |
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Backyard with various trees and shrubbery landscaping

The last one will surprise you… ? 1.  INCREASED PROPERTY VALUE   With the most suitable trees in just the right spaces (landscaping), your home becomes more appealing, contributing to its net worth. 2.  BEAUTY  Enhance your curb appeal and add beauty to your landscape. Consider planting trees that have unique…

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20 TIPS for CAMPING and HOME

By Brian Zebertavage | September 4, 2019 |
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milk crate and 5 gallon bucket

Two common everyday products that provide tons of benefits for indoor and outdoor activities… (The Bonus Tip listed below is a must see) You may already own these simple but innovative objects. They are probably sitting in your garage or basement, doing nothing but taking up space. They are capable…

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FUN FACTS TO TELL YOUR KIDS

By Brian Zebertavage | May 6, 2019 |
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father hiking in woods with child

THEY’LL THINK YOU’RE SMART ? THERE’S AN EXTRAORDINARY LIFE WAITING TO BE DISCOVERED – WITH YOUR CHILDREN – OUTDOORS – WHERE LEARNING CAN BE A FUN-FILLED EXPERIENCE. Become engaged with nature and take advantage of all its wonder…then pass it on to the kids! Below are a few simple bits…

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THE TRUTH ABOUT HEATING YOUR HOME The drawbacks of Wood Heat

By Brian Zebertavage | March 3, 2019 |
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woodstove with fire burning inside

THERE IS NO DOUBT THERE ARE MANY BENEFITS TO USING FIREWOODFOR HEAT: It’s a one-of-kind cozy warmth that only a wood stove can produce. The fires that roar behind the glass door display a beautiful ambient light each and every time the logs are burning hot and steady. There’s the…

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THEY’RE BURNING IN ATLANTIC CITY!

By Brian Zebertavage | January 20, 2019 |
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restaurant that uses wood for cooking dinner

IT WAS THE UNMISTAKABLE SWEET AROMA SWIRLING THROUGH THE AIR THAT FIRST CAUGHT MY ATTENTION. As I followed my nose, I then focused on a tall wrought iron rack, stacked high with split oak. Naturally I became curious. As I walked passed the firewood rack and through the doorway, I…

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IS YOUR FIREWOOD DRY ENOUGH TO BURN? 8 Simple Ways to Find Out

By Brian Zebertavage | January 16, 2019 |
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stacked woodpile of dry seasoned split firewood

There is no fire that will light and burn reliably if the firewood’s moisture content is high.  Freshly cut wood can contain up to 50% water and therefore NOT suitable for burning. Heating your home with wood? Do you build campfires for fun, warmth or grilling food? Entertaining family and…

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UNWIND – RELAX – LET GO – DREAM!

By Brian Zebertavage | January 3, 2019 |
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girl enjoying cup of coffee next to woodstove

Slow down and let your imagination come to life.  Here’s a true story on how a “FIRE can INSPIRE” Outside it was cold and wet as I gathered kindling to start the fire. The early evening grew dark and the moisture of the woods wet the surface of my clothes.…

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THEY HAD NO INTENTION OF SELLING IT – THEY GAVE IT TO THOSE IN NEED

By Brian Zebertavage | January 2, 2019 |
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3 men with woodcutting tools next to stack of firewood

Above, Shane McDaniel, flanked by his sons, Henry McDaniel, left, and Harrison McDaniel, stand in front of their Washington state home with the wood they chopped. (Dave Robertson) THEY CUT WOOD TO FILL 80 TRUCKS. THEN THEY BROUGHT IT TO HOMES THAT NEEDED HEAT. HERE’S THE STORY… (by Caitlin Huson,…

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EVERY HOUSE SHOULD HAVE ONE

By Brian Zebertavage | November 28, 2018 |
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KEEP YOUR FAMILY SAFE and YOUR HOME INTACT The cold air has moved in and now a part of daily life here in the Pocono Mountains, northeastern USA. November’s unexpected 12” snowfall was yet another humble reminder of what the upcoming winter months have in store for us. Along with…

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6 QUICK TIPS FOR WOOD BURNERS

By Brian Zebertavage | November 18, 2018 |
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Helpful tips scribed on chalkboard

Listed below are useful suggestions helpful for burning firewood for heat, food and fun:   1. COOK DINNER ON YOUR WOODSTOVE! If your stove has a cooktop surface, with a few select pots and pans and a little creativity, just about any food can be prepared. No need to turn…

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