The first building we built on the farm here, actually my first attempt at building anything EVER, was the wood shed (I don't count the barn, because it was assembled by the company I bought it from and I just screwed boards to the metal support poles to make the stalls.) I made
Yeah, previous winters we bought wood. One year we even managed to fill one whole side of the wood shed. (That took three dump truck loads at $160 a pop. Wood here is expensive. "Why," you ask? Well, let me tell you...almost every home out here has some sort of wood/coal heater. And in many cases, that wood/coal heater is the only heat in the house. And there are quite a few people on public assistance (retired/handicapped/unemployed). Which is a perfect storm for expensive wood. The state help agencies provide wood/coal for the people on assistance out here, which is a very good thing. The bad thing is that the price they pay for wood/coal ends up pricing the working-and-just-getting-by people out of the market. A pickup bed full of wood can run as high as $80 out here. I feel very fortunate to have found our wood guy...and even he is raising his prices next year to $175/load. But we don't have much of a choice; the one promise Obama's actually kept was to "necessarily raise our electricity rates" and propane is as expensive as wood. Okay, rant over.)
But I have to say, it is a good feeling to walk into the dining room, glance out the back window, and see a wood shed full of wood looking back at me. We've never been able to figure out exactly how much wood is needed to heat the house for one entire winter before. We've always run out February-ish, and had to resort to heating the house with a combination of propane heaters, electric heaters, and whatever wood we could scrounge. I am convinced that this year that won't happen. This year we will have wood until spring! We will be warm all winter! This year will be AWESOME!!
Just don't ask about how much hay we have stored for winter...