At A Dollar A Piece?
of some time in October of this year, I got my mind set on
Herman starting a wood fire. We do have a visible flame propane
gas heater which is our primary heat source. But there's something
about wood heat and watching the natural flame as the logs
are burning and popping that is simply mesmerizing. At least
Herman to go outside and to bring some wood in. The problem
with that idea, according to Herman, is that most of the wood
was soft and wet. I asked him to look in the paper (yes, this
paper) to see if there is any sort of wood delivery advertised.
Turns out there was one ad, and Herman when ahead and called
at my insistence. The man was very nice, though he wouldn't
be able to deliver our order for at least a week. Herman went
ahead and ordered what he explained to me was a face cord.
after he repeatedly explained to me the dimensions did I sort
of understand how much wood that actually would be. It comes
to 4 feet high by 8 feet long by the length of the wood deep-usually
about 14 to 18 inches. The problem for me is that I did not
want to wait a whole week. I asked Herman to salvage whatever
wood he could from outside because I wanted to see a wood
manage to salvage some that basically would last for about
five days. Thinking quickly, I phoned him after the weekend
at work to try to talk him into picking up a small bundle
of wood that I saw at a store in Gloversville. He went and
looked in the store and then phoned me back at home. It was
a bundle of five pieces of wood for five dollars. He thought
that was ridiculous, and I agreed. So at first, we burned
the wood that was outside and had been drying indoors.
it turns out that the guy that was supposed to bring the wood
never did. Something about his delivery truck being broken.
So what we did instead was to contact a man by the name of
Bob Teetz who has a huge woodpile on West State Street Extension
here in Gloversville, New York. He was able to make a delivery
the very next day. This wood was dry, hard and seasoned and
makes a great fire.
cold nights, you can now find me in front of a beautiful wood
burning fire. That is, if I can get Herman to start it for
me. It takes more than pashing a button the way the propane
fire starts. You should see all the faces he makes trying
to start a fire from scratch. Hes even been known to
use kerosene to start it. Which in my opinion is sort of like
cheating. But hey, it works!
Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career
in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from
Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be
accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"