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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in woodland care.

This project will be to split and stack dead standing wood as firewood.

You will need to stack at least one half of a face cord, which is 4 feet long by 4 feet tall for the length of the firewood you are cutting.

You can see how to drop a dead tree from the PEP BB's with a hand saw here or with a chainsaw here.

Firewood can help power a rocket mass heater to heat your home or a rocket oven to cook food and is useful for many other things!  

Paul has a great thread for Safer ways of manually chopping firewood

This video shows a quick process from start to finish and briefly talks about selecting the type of wood, shows it being cut, hauled away, and stacked.



Here are some videos from Paul's thread above about easier and safer ways to chop firewood.







This video has a lot of good tips for stacking firewood such as cutting your wood the same length and laying it on level wood pieces to get it off the ground to keep it dry and from rotting. Do not cover the logs. The logs need air movement and sunlight.



Be safe when using hand tools and using chainsaws, be aware of your surroundings, work at your own risk, and enjoy cutting firewood!

To get certified for this BB, post the following pics.  

 - Your dead standing wood you are starting with
 - The wood cut
 - Half of a face cord of stacked firewood
 
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