Monday, December 23, 2013

Woodstoves are Nice

Woodstoves are nice.  I'm thankful we have one. Free heat (at least if you're not the one chopping the wood).  They make everything cozy.  They work even when the electricity is out. 

But sometimes the woodstove and I....we just don't get along.  The wood doesn't to burn.  It taunts me.  I grumble and fuss and beg. 
But that only happens rarely, when I get wood that is too green...or too something.  So mostly woodstoves are nice.  If only they didn't make such a mess.  The little bits of debris that get all over my floors and carpets from the wood.  It drives me nuts.  Look at all that mess!  All.winter.long.  I vacuum it up and ten seconds later....all messy again. 

Okay, okay, back to woodstoves are nice.  Focus on the positive, right? 

Is it spring yet? 

31 comments:

Sunnybrook Farm said...

That is a nice stove, I haven't seen one like it. We don't actually have a wood stove I guess, it is more of a furnace that I put in the cellar with duct work attached. Since it is in the cellar, all the mess is kept down there on a concrete floor. I cut wood at the end of winter so it is ready for the next season. It is hard to burn green wood unless you already have a hot fire to put it in. I like the smell especially if I am burning some cherry. Had enough rain yet?

Ginny said...

Yours is really big and tall. Is that a cooking burner on the top? Wood stoves are GOOD! No others seem safe to me. A friend's son's house just burned down and he lost everything, including his cat. Due to an electric space heater.

Steve Surratt said...

My earliest memories are of my grandma cooking with a wood oven and multiple wood stoves over the big family farmhouse. The house always smelled of smoke and the food smelled of smoke. It was too much. Now I actually despise the smell of wood-smoke. I guess it was too much of a good thing.

Terri Buster said...

That stove is so pretty! We have a pellet stove which works great, but it isn't the same as wood heat. And I have to clean it out every other day...blechh.

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

That is a very pretty stove! We had a plain pot-bellied stove when I was growing up. I would sit by it to read or do homework. Such a comforting heat!

Out on the prairie said...

They are messy, I have mine outdoors. I get free kindling from a local high school shop class.

GardenOfDaisies said...

What a lovely little wood stove. It seems much smaller (narrower) than the one's I remember from my days in the pacific northwest.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Once I lived with a wood stove. HATED it. Never again, thank God!

Barbara said...

Oh but I bet they are so cozy!

Lynn said...

I remember that mess from the wood and kindling sticks and the ashes when cleaning the darn thing but I'd love one now :-) not cold enough here but still..I love the look of the wood stacked along the veranda, looks cozy. Have a wonderful Christmas.

TexWisGirl said...

yup, my floor is the same with added muddy dog footprints. :)

Gail Dixon said...

Oooohhh, the mess would drive me insane, but better to be warm, I guess. It's a trade-off. We have the fake wood fireplace that looks pretty all the time; however, I don't think it's as warm as yours probably is.

Jeanne said...

We put our wood stove on a big rock base, and voila, much less mess. Or at least mess that you can see. HOpe that you have a wonderful Christmas and know your boys are excited. Enjoy the warmth and coziness of that fire!

Laura Lee said...

That's quite the wood stove you have there! I don't enjoy the mess either but the toasty, warm, free heat it puts out makes it worth it for sure!

Willow said...

Ha Ha ... I know huh ~
but yes, wood stoves are nice :)

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Yes, focus on the positive! I'd love to have a woodstove. I especially like that it works even without electricity. Would be great since our power goes out quite a bit in the country.

But I am ready for spring as well!

Chatty Crone said...

I have a couple friends that have these and the think that they are pretty awesome too.
Stay warm.
Merry Christmas.
sandie

Karen said...

LOL.. I hear ya. We have one of the fireplaces going on most cold nights, and yep, it makes a mess.

Tweedles -- that's me said...

we love wood stoves and wish we had one!
yours is beauitiful!
love
tweedles

Michaele said...

Nothing like wood heat. Nothing.

Sally said...

This makes me miss my grandmother and her wood stove; she cooked on hers also. :)

Grandma Bonnie said...

Your wood stove looks great. I can remember as a teenager having to add wood to our stove in the morning to get the chill out of the kitchen. We used it back then to cut heating costs.

Grandma Bonnie said...

Oh yes, I forgot to wish you a very Merry Christmas. Stay safe and warm.

A Quiet Corner said...

We always kept a dustpan & broom close-by ours and only thing I really never liked was the dust they made and that controlling the temp was difficult...:)JP

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

I haven't had a wood stove, but did have a wood fireplace some years ago and the floor around it was always a mess. I feel your pain. Wishing you and your family a perfect Christmas this year, XOX

Linda said...

We have a small one and I'm comforted knowing it's there in case the power goes out.

SweetMarie said...

My grandparents had a wood stove. :) It was in the 80's here today. :)

Thistle Cove Farm said...

What a pretty and functional stove. Really like the upper part where a kettle can be kept warm. I put wood on the back porch a couple of months ago so it's nice and dry. It's been curing for a while so just needed to keep it dry.
Merry Christmas.

Sonya @ Under the Desert Sky said...

Always seems like a nice thing to have, if you're not the one cleaning up or chopping the wood.

born ambitious. born imaginative. said...

I love that stove. There's nothing like the warm heat wood gives off.

Busy Bee Suz said...

LOL! The mess would drive me batty....but think of all the $$ you are saving.