As the old adage goes, "Wood Warms Two Times, once when you cut it and again when you burn it." This is true for many of us living in North Idaho and Western Montana. The virtues of heating with wood include exercise as well as warmth!
- wood is widely available
- wood is economically friendly (especially if you gather your own)
- wood on the hearth creates a homey ambiance
- getting in the wood for the winter is great exercise
To start a fire, first, pile kindling (small, dry pieces of wood) on crumpled newspaper in the center of your stove, or between the andirons if using a fireplace, and top the kindling with light pieces of split wood. Make sure the chimney or stove pipe damper are open before you ignite the paper. Ignite paper and shut the stove door. After a few minutes, when the fire is going well, add larger & heavier pieces of wood. Make sure the wood you use is dry and fully seasoned. Never pour kerosene or other flammable liquid on the wood to help start the fire. Enjoy the warmth!
Meet the Team
Interview with Collin, by Toni Hutto
Tell us about yourself...
"I was born and raised in Noxon, Montana. Been here 58 years. I've ran heavy equipment all my life, owned my own business, worked in various log yards, and sawmills, and spent the last 13 years with Specialty Beams. Worked for a seasonal contracting business. Then worked little over a year at a school for troubled youth.
How did you find out about MSLC?
"I had driven by MSLC often, and had wondered about it. I was looking for new work, had a few job opportunities, but I wanted to stay in the area. I've only left Montana a couple times...a didn't like it. My friend owns the Noxon store, and she recommended I try Nelson Troyer, she said he's really a nice guy. So I called him, he interviewed me, and hired me and here I am!"
What is your strongest contribution to MSLC?
"I run the front loader and and clean up his log yard, as well as run all the trucks and sort the logs. After talking to Nelson and Sarah I realized they're young, and really ambitious, and super nice people. Probably the nicest guy I've ever worked for. Always thinking and dreaming and looking way in the future. With me at my age that's encouraging. I think the future looks pretty dang good. That's exciting for me. He hasn't been here super long, and I like the idea of helping build up the company, and grow into a nice big comfortable company."
Stay warm and cozy.
Until next time, blessings
The Log Blog