The Joy of Heating with Wood

Learn How to Fall Standing Trees, Stack Firewood to Dry Quickly, Buy a Wood-Burning Cook Stove, and Much More!

Our Early Fall 2017 e-edition is now available! Discover the joy of heating with wood. Learn how to fall standing trees, stack firewood to dry quickly, heat water while heating a home, and much more.

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Our Early Fall 2017 e-edition features articles on how to fall standing trees, stack firewood to dry quickly, heat water while heating a home, and more! Plus chopping wood tips and tricks.

I Am Countryside — Reader-submitted photos showing different aspects of what homesteading means.

Country Conversation & Feedback — Letters from Countryside readers.

Feature Stories Covering Every Aspect of Heating with Wood

Woodburning Cookstoves — The do’s and don’ts of purchasing and using a woodburning cookstove.


How to Fall Standing Trees – Play it safe when accomplishing this dangerous task.


Safely Limbing and Bucking a Downed Tree — Bucking tree stems into sections seems simple, but consider these challenges.


Dealing with Dangerous Trees — If you cut firewood to improve your forest, you will be cutting the worst trees.

Dry Wood for Efficient Fires — Wood is the green fuel for rural heating — just don’t burn it green!

Dry Firewood

Burn Smoke — Wood gasification furnaces burn everything at high temperatures and reduce your wood chopping.

Stack Firewood to Dry Quickly — Tips on how to speed the process of air drying.

Make a Chainsaw Holder — A simple design to keep chainsaws off the floor.

Chopping Wood Trick — Learn why it’s all in the right angle to effectively chop wood.

Avoid Wood Splitting Headaches — Splitting wood is necessary if you’re heating with wood, but it doesn’t have to be the worst chore.

Cooking on an Open Hearth — Learn how to cook the perfect meals in an emergency situation.


Get Ideal Conditions Inside the Firebox — Lessons learned in buying and working with a wood heater.

Heat Water While Heating a Home — Learn how you can heat your home and heat your water at one time.

Domestic Hot Water, From Simple to Complex —  Explore a system that can be set up anywhere, not just on the roof.

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