paul wheaton wrote: This led to the concept of people asking if they could "borrow" some of the project firewood - promising that they would replace it in a few days.
K Kaba wrote:I started cackling at the same point as Dan Boone!
For one-offs, what about either accepting an immediate cash donation or the same amount of freshly chopped wood before they're welcome to carry it off? Note it in the same place you tell them to bring their own firewood, that way they've been warned. So many fathers might yet be saved!
The group outings sound like they'd make that task more fun, and they'd be a kind way to prevent grasshopper problems.
Yes - I like the "spread around" part. Too much in one place, and particularly a large amount beside a wooden building, would freak out our local fire marshal. Consider where the wind comes from during high wild-fire risk times of the year are, and stockpiled firewood should be down wind from housing. Mind you, I suspect I'm in an ecosystem with greater wildfire risk.
paul wheaton wrote:I like the idea that we end up with far more than 12 cords of wood put up. All spread around to different places.
I agree - fixing the "poison" is most important for the long-term health of the community. "Money troubles" - and dry firewood has a monetary value - is up near the top of marital break-ups, and I can't imagine that communities would be much different.
Overall, I think the most important point is the point that the whole "borrow" thing turned out to be a rather powerful community poison. And that the solution was to keep a dozen cords stocked and ready. Complete with the wood being filled by both boot project time and nest time. And, probably the most important part, that it is a full group activity.
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