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Call for entries: great stacks of firewood

Firewood is back in style, as the cost of heating with oil, propane, and natural gas has been rising for several years. Those who are curious about alternatives to the traditional fossil-fueled boiler should check out Greg Pahl’s Natural Home Heating or David Lyle’s classic Book of Masonry Stoves. The Hrens’ Carbon-Free Home also has good tips on reducing your heating needs and getting your heating from more sustainable sources.

But heating with wood isn’t just about the heat. Wood becomes a part of your life in a way that oil never can be, and, for the most part, that’s a good thing. It can sometimes feel like drudgery when you do it, but stacking wood also has its benefits—not least of which is the chance to engage in a little creativity. For example, this most ingenious firewood “cabin” that I saw in the yard of a neighbor of mine, pictured above.

Here are a few more snapshots of the cabin.

Do you have a particularly good looking, or creative, or strange, or dangerous, or large, or otherwise interesting wood pile, or have a neighbor with such? Upload some photos to the photos sharing site of your preference and put the link in the comments below.

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