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YOUR FIREWOOD’S BEST FRIEND

By Brian Zebertavage | June 18, 2021 |
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firewood stacked in aluminum frame transportable firewood rack on grass outdoors by trees

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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A fire pit sitting on top of red gravel.

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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A fire burning in the middle of a room.

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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A man is holding onto the tree trunk

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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A fire is burning in the fireplace and wood.

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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A garden with many trees and bushes

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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A tarp is set up to protect the tent from rain.

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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A person in a yellow raft floating on top of water.

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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A pair of red saws and logs on the ground.

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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A fire is burning in the dark.

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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A pile of wood that is stacked on top of each other.

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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A fire is burning in the dark.

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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A BIZARRE TREE – WITH UNIQUE QUALITIES

By Brian Zebertavage | February 14, 2020 |
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A forest with trees and water in the foreground.

It’s a tree with roots that grow up and out of the ground – and no one knows exactly why. These knobby root segments are called ‘knees’ and they sometimes grow out of the water too, reaching heights up to 6 foot. Their scientific name is pneumatophores, and it is…

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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 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, hot…

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STILL CARRY FIREWOOD THIS WAY?

By Brian Zebertavage | January 29, 2020 |
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A man holding wood in his hands while wearing gloves.

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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A grassy area with trees and bushes in the background.

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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A plastic milk crate and bucket on the grass.

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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A man and child walking on a trail in the woods.

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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