You can blaggard me if you want, but I just ordered 2 cords of cut oak (that I will split here at the White Wolf Mine) for winter. I cut and split cedar and pine and it’s stacked and cured. I have plans to cut more cedar. But it’s the winter of high energy costs and I’ve resolved to heat with wood to the extent possible. I should have cut the oak myself, but paying work is mounting and I’m concerned that I will run out of time. Six cords for winter should do it, and if I have some left over, it’s money in the bank.

But it’s not just me in the Arizona mountains.

(ZeroHedge) One month ago, we reported much to the shock of our European readers that in its assessment and preview of Germany’s staggering energy crisis brought on by Russian sanctions, Deutsche Bank predicted that “wood will be used for heating purposes where possible.”

You read that right: the largest European bank predicted that a growing number of German households will be using firewood for heating! Maybe allowing a petulant Scandinavian teenager to set the country’s energy policy was not the brightest idea after all.

So fast forwarding to today, when we find that European energy forward prices one year from today are now at staggering, record levels, implying one would need to part with at least an extra kidney to keep warm in the next year…



Bullet Points

* The Nuclear pretext. Having failed to produce any evidence that Trump was working with good old Vladimir Putin to destroy America’s democracy with Russiagate 1.0, the anti-Trump crowd apparently has decided to trot out another Russia-tainted meme, the ultimate red herring, to portray Donald Trump as a 21st Century Dr. Strangelove. We now know the truth. Donald Trump was trying to build a nuclear weapon in his wine cellar at Mar A Lago. The tale is on the scrap heap now. It lasted less than twelve hours at the Washington Post.

That was quick.

* How thoroughly has the CCP infiltrated the FBI? It’s a question worth asking. We know that they own Pres. Brandon.

* The British are laughing at us. We rebelled against the crown primarily because of excessive taxation. Now we’re hiring 87,000 IRS agents to enforce excessive taxation and target patriots. The irony is thick.

* House of the Dragon, the prequel to Game of Thrones, is coming to HBO and HBO Max on August 21. Based on George R.R. Martin’s “Fire & Blood,” the series, which is set 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones, tells the story of House Targaryen. Will it be worth watching? I may give it a try but I have to admit that I’m a little conflicted.

* In some parts of America, the sheep still wear masks…because they’re sheep.


  1. Would that I could get oak. Here it is pine, fir and if exceptionally lucky (and flush with cash) tamarack. Splitting was done in May and I have about three cords. Good exercise and good way to work off aggravation at the world. Should last the winter but I am going to a friends house to get some dead standing pine. That will be the fallback wood if I run out. I find that I like the heat from wood better than from the central furnace. Even if things are the same temperature it feels warmer, probably due to all the infrared radiation coming off the stove.

    Don’t like it but the state of WA still mandates mask wear in medical facilities. Hopefully that will end before my end of the month appointment.

    Curious to see what the actual classified material actually was, if we peons will ever know. If it is codes then so what, they are changed frequently. If Mr. Trump was actually trying to put together a nuclear weapon, more power to him, kind of the ultimate declaration of the second amendment and since nukes are not mentioned in the law for tax stamps he would not even need a stamp correct?

    • You wouldn’t need a tax stamp on a nuclear weapon. There are two different types of uranium/fissile weapons. One is a collapsing sphere and the other is where you fire a type of gun to produce critical mass. They’re not particularly complicated, but you do need to exercise caution when handling radioactive material. A homemade weapon will be several hundred pounds in weight. I think that it would be more challenging to make an artillery shell-size warhead, but then again, I’ve never tried.

      • Well, if this was actually true the Fed’s delayed their “Not-A-Raid” by three days, not exactly an emergency response.

        It’s all BS, Trump has them on the ropes.

  2. It makes me wonder what they really took. From what I know, there was no inventory received, the warrant was never read by the attorney that was present, and at this point, I would think even a first year law student would never try to go to court with such flimsy, compromised evidence. It would be too easy to plant evidence, and without proper procedures, a judge would throw it out of court.

    If I had to guess what’s might be happening, I’d guess there is an effort to foment outright civil war to give reason to call off the mid-term elections. If so, it’s a desperate measure, and won’t work.

      • I’m sure that the left with some excellent fashion tips, Frank.

        As I understand it, there was a disagreement as to the process for declassification in the last six months of the Trump Administration. President Trump streamlined it as he is authorized to do. So it’s a pissing match and the FBI waited for two years to serve a search warrant when it’s apparent that President Trump will run again to tie him up in court with allegations and counter-allegations and muddy the water.

        • Short of a Kangaroo Jan 6th style court, where the rule of law is once again ILLEGALLY suspended, the Dem Machine will lose. The cat is out of the bag now and there’s no stuffing it back in…claws are out. Their move has energized Trump and his base.

  3. Way back in prehistory, as long ago as 2020, former Greenpeace president Patrick Moore did a Twitter reply to everyone’s favorite green twit, AOC. She had said “if you don’t like my GreenNewDeal, put up your solution or STFU”

    He said, “You pompous little twit. You don’t have a plan to grow food for 8 billion people without fossil fuels, or to get the food into the cities. Horses? If fossil fuels were banned every tree in the world would be cut down for fuel for cooking or heating. You would bring about mass death.”

    I didn’t think I’d ever see it, but here we are. Depending on how bad the winter is, it could kill millions. Add that to the panic over fertilizer killing crop yields and causing starvation, which (like climate change) is all based on bad computer models, and seriously bad times are quite possible.

    • The solution to global warming or global cooling is to adapt. The question of human involvement in climate change is simply unknown, but not likely very much. The tax thing is a scam. Hiring 87000 IRS agents to collect tax – at the point of a gun – to save the planet is as bogus as Brandon’s win in 2020.

      People will burn wood in cold climates, or they’ll burn peat if they have access. In my case, there are enough dead trees (which burn better) that there’s no temptation to deforest but if they keep it up, that is the likely solution to the Green New Deal.

      • Can’t wait to see the nice grey uniforms with the fancy silver collar flashes of the new 87K ‘agents.’ Let me guess, they’ll be assigned in groups of 10-20 for small population centers, in groups of 40-50 in medium hamlets and in groups of 120-160 in medium-large, while big cities will have full battalions, er, I mean 600-1000 agents assigned…

        Yeah, can’t wait…

  4. An older farmer who struggled through our last Great Depression told me once; “God created propane so I wouldn’t have to cut wood anymore!” In my neck of the woods the firewood of choice is Osage Orange, commonly called Hedge wood. It pops and crack and requires a closed fire box, but the btus are off the charts!

    • Where I grew up, there were a number of old fence lines made by planting Osage Orange.
      Interesting stuff, but it’s been so long since I’ve seen any I doubt I could recognize it anymore.

      • Frank, Once those round spiked balls (Osage Orange version of pine cones) start dropping from the branches I bet you’d recall it pretty quick. It is one tough wood so I can see it having a high BTU content.

  5. Hedge posts were also what fences were made from before t-post’s. We had some on our dairy farm that had been in place for 70 plus years. The old ones would not allow a fence staple to be driven into them.

  6. No problem here with buying pre-cut wood! Sometimes you have other things further up on the current priorities list. I’ve still got a good sized pile of limbs I have to cut up now that I have the correct chains for my saw. Not sure about splitting it yet. I’ll probably go rent a spliter and tow it home for a day. We have a bumper crop of ash and apple this year, so we should have some nice fires this coming Winter. And per WSF, you should also try and stock some high-quality “lump coal”. He tells me his folks used it in their fireplace, and it worked very well.

  7. Don’t know why I would blaggard you when I would love to be able to heat with wood. We had been talking about getting the 3 fire places in the old house running again in the before time.
    You all be safe and God bless.

  8. Growing up in rural Western Colorado we burned coal bought direct from local mines. Lasts far longer than any wood. As with wood, you must monitor soot/creosote buildup in your chimney. There was a good reason why chimney sweeps were common in the past. Heart attack serious, you don’t want to experience a chimney fire.

    • +1. Was at a friends house in MT when his wood stove chimney had a fire. Sounded like a jet engine and the triple wall stainless chimney was glowing a dull red on the inside of the house. Never did find the stove cap, personally I think it melted.
      He was lucky he did not lose the house.

      I may try the bulk coal thing, sounds interesting.

  9. Can’t burn wood or coal, that’s pollution!

    The book “Fallen Angels” (by Jerry Pournelle, Larry Niven, and Michael F. Flynn) has a US that’s been taken over by the climate alarm people… as I recall… I remember it being a good story.

    • Good book, but a SSTO (single stage to orbit) is, even today, a pipedream. Though we are closer to it using methane and O2 than using H2 and O2.

  10. “Depending on how bad the winter is, it could kill millions.”
    Killing millions of (genetic) Europeans is part of the goal, not a negative. There is no such thing as too much revenge. And if your ancestors failed to prevent something, well, they are as much the enemy as the original perpetrators. And even if neither you personally nor your ancestors suffered, you can still be a victim if you claim ethnocultural kinship. Victimhood, you see, has emanations and penumbras. That’s the Theory of Just Revenge. Plus, dead Europeans means more places for MENA and sub-Saharans to live. Win-win!

    No desire to watch race-swapped House Velaryon on Martin’s new show.


    If you don’t wanna watch the editorial clip, the gist is: Co-showrunner Ryan Condal explains why House Velaryon, famous for their pale skin, silver/blonde hair and violet eyes, are now negroes: They wanted to avoid “another bunch of white people on the screen.”

    Again, I vote for Varg Vikernes, Mel Gibson, and an actual llama (quadruped) to star in upcoming movies.

  11. In the mid-60’s, we sold oak firewood by the cord on our ranch. We also burned it as our primary heat for the house in an old Ashley stove. We had a half wood, half electric stove in the kitchen, and would fire up the wood half in the winter if the power went out. Oak burned longer and left more ash. Pine burned hot and fast, and tended to leave more creosote.

    I can’t speak to burning Juniper, but I shot one in my younger days. Once.

    I had an 1851 Navy repro in 36 caliber along with a western style belt and holster. Temptation got the better of me, and I drew and fired at a Juniper tree at about 40 feet. Hit it dead center, which was some small consolation as the ball came whizzing back by my right ear. The lead ball penetrated the tree half the diameter of the ball before bouncing back. Note to self….

  12. Nothing in DC happens by accident, or coincidence or reactions to current events. During Obamas eight years, he stuffed the political apparatus, cabinets, departments, etc. with subversives, commies, progs, socialists and deep state loyalists who are dug in like ticks on a hound-dog. Susan Rice is the head honcho directing everything that’s happening at the behest of the Light bringer. It’s all been planned for years. They have contingency plans for everything. The pushback against the FBI will simply lead to Trump supporters and conservatives being labeled domestic terrorists and the hammer will come down. Trump will never be allowed to run again. The great reset will not be denied. The game is afoot, Watson.

  13. Watching this stuff creep over the years, I’ve often said:”We left England for a reason, but these cretins, having learned nothing from history, want to return us to that system.”

    We burn wood in the Jotul everyday in Winter, the radiant floor heat takes over at night to maintain, while the log home expels its thermal mass. A good balance, including “the strenuous life” portion of clearing out any standing dead on the place, then felling, bucking, hauling, and splitting. MrsPaulM won’t let me near the splitter anymore, she likes taking rounds and turning them into stack-able pieces. Gotta love Scandinavians.

  14. Ed+Campbell
    Tamarack is great firewood.
    It splits easily while green and leaves almost no ash when burned after drying.
    You are fortunate to have a source.
    I burn oak.
    I heat solely with our old Earth Stove. Great stove and once you experienced wood heat you are spoiled for any other heat source.
    *waving driving finger at PG&E*
    I normally use two cords a year, but last winter was “different” in many ways. Warmer, but longer with unexpected cold snaps that wiped out my cherry crop and killed my beloved Oro Blanco citrus trees back to their roots.
    I used three cords last winter.

    • a lot of things are weird with the weather, like rainwater that won’t rinse and feels slick like oil, thunderstorms this summer coming from due north, storms made up of hundreds of little jagged edge storms and yet laying down heavy rain. had a storm come thru the other day that split like an ameba and went in two different directions. another huge one came right up to us and simply disappeared. and 57 degree mornings in august just doesn’t happen here.

  15. The key to using wood is to make sure to burn a hot fire to stop creosote build up. But the key to heating is to build a slow burning fire, which burns at lower temps. So, well, if you want heat, you better get a chimney sweep kit.

    As for me? I like it cold, really cold, so I’ll just open the door during the cold part and let the fresh air in. I’ve had my windows open when it was 19 outside. Yeah, a bit nipply, but the worst part was the power was out and the water bed got down-right chilly.

    Several of my neighbors still wear masks. The ride-sharing companies seem to require it. Don’t understand people that can take an Uber or Lyft every day but can’t afford a damned used car.

    • When the fire is hot, adding a hand full of rock salt to the fire will reduce creosote. Pine is bad for the build-up so I use a mixture of the abundant pine with oak and juniper, and it tends to solve the problem.

  16. I burn white spruce primarily with a little poplar. Willow is the longest lasting wood around here but is a small tree. I’ll have about twelve cords in the shed when I finish working up the stuff in the yard. That said we had some -30F in November last year plus some -50F later on here in the Copper Valley, Alaska!

  17. My dad was a land surveyor, we could take all the wood we wanted all year from where it was just going to get bulldozed on the new plats. Back then, nobody sold firewood, it was valueless. We heated on nothing but wood my whole life until I moved out. It was all we kids did – cut, carry, load, unload, split, stack, carry, feed. Fire never really went out from November to April. It was always the first thing anyone did at home; when you wake up in the morning, tend the fire, when you go to sleep at night, tend the fire, if you wake up to pee, tend the fire.

    Juniper burns fine, in my experience. A lot like cedar.



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