April 19, 2018
If you drive in from eye 5 through the delightful hamlet of Edgewood (which you should), you will pass an unusual haystack of firewood. It belongs to a man named Gary who is a local legend here. He can’t seem to quit sawing firewood (mostly lodgepole pine) but on the other hand, does not actively sell it, either. So why?
He has row after row of split wood so neatly stacked on pallets that you can see it on Google Earth. His 77 year old cutting buddy Gene explained to me today that Gary is just a little obsessive about it and tends to “go all out” when it comes to collecting.
I have no yardstick but there must be over a hundred cords just sitting there ( a cord is 4 X 4 X 8 feet or about a generous pickup full). We ourselves burn about 5 to 6 cords each winter depending so that would last me twenty plus years.
Gary doesn’t sell the wood unless he likes you or has sold to you before so I can’t give you his last name, address, or telephone. Just Google the property and go see Gene.
Oh, two tips I picked up when I was there: 1) one of Gary’s tenants just up the road sells madrone, a very dense hardwood that is good for your overnight fire and 2) if you can split it yourself you should buy firewood in rounds because your man can get more on the truck and it costs less per cord because he will go cut and drop it off with you, no return and unload at his place to split. Less handling and hauling.