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Just a helpful hint aboutJust a helpful hint about using wood for heat. Don't know if you are burning it in the fireplace or woodstove, but after heating with wood for over 40 years, I've learned (the hard way) that all sorts of nasty "creepy-crawlies" can hitch a ride under the bark (and inside the wood itself) and then infest your house. So, we keep our wood outside on a steel wood rack, right outside the door to the Family Room, and when it's time to load the stove, we open the door to the stove, and take the wood one (or two, if small) at a time and put them directly into the fire, don't set them down on the hearth or the floor, even for just a few minutes, because those critters can really scoot out and get into the tiniest of cracks and crevices (or carpet). It doesn't matter how cold it is outside, they seem to over-winter through it all.

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