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    Wood At A Dollar A Piece?

    So as 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 to me.

    I asked 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.

    Only 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 fire immediately.

    He did 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.

    Well, 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.

    So on 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. He’s even been known to use kerosene to start it. Which in my opinion is sort of like cheating. But hey, it works!

    "Kathryn 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"