Michael Helmersson wrote:I had a thought the other day as I prepared to move a stack of firewood for the umpteenth time. I was thinking about all the energy I expend in the moving of firewood and started to wonder if our understanding of thermodynamics, BTU content per cord, etc. might be all wrong. Is it possible that when we labour in the handling of firewood, our own energy is taken up by the wood in the form of BTUs? I've joked in the past that wood won't burn unless it has been moved at least 7 times. This may explain why heavier wood has more heat potential--being heavier, it took more effort to move it 7 times, thus more BTUs.
There may also be a frustration component involved when you have carefully piled your firewood somewhere that suddenly becomes needed for something else. These unplanned/unexpected moves create added frustration and bonus BTUs that you can benefit from during the winter.
If I'm wrong, then I'm just joking of course.
Kenneth Elwell wrote:
My employer has a neat system for his firewood. His fireplace is in a second floor room, the firewood stack in the garage. There is a dumbwaiter that runs from a cabinet in the room, down to the stairwell to the basement on the first floor. Open the basement door, draw down the dumbwaiter, and carry in the wood from the garage a short distance away. Pull the dumbwaiter back up to the upstairs cabinet.