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By Dick Schuller
Homespun Yarns 

Two ways to stay warm: lessons learned from logs


My introduction to heating our home by burning wood started on a homestead in Kenai, Alaska...a long time ago. Our remote land claim was 160-acre government site with four lakes. When finished with all the requirements, we would pay $1.25 per acre. This was a grand bargain even in 1959.

Dottie, my wife, along with our three tots, were as excited about the venture as was I. She had just peeled the bark from all of the logs for our just-finished 24 by 36-foot log home. The attractive woman, no taller than 5’ 2”, was more than strong for the task.

As winter was now approaching, we turned our labors to finding wood for our hungry barrel stove, in the center of our house.

Since we had been...

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