A Fatwood New Year
A Fatwood New Year
On New Year’s Day 2018, there were 421 residential single-family homes on the market in the twelve Lakes Region communities covered by this report! The average asking price was $718,658 and the median price point was $310,000. On January 1, 2017 there were 587 homes with an average asking price of $730,679 and the median price point was $289,900. There was 731 listing available on January 1, 2016. Looks to me there is a pretty severe shortage of listings on the market so if you are thinking of selling it might just be the right time to put the old homestead on the market!
OK, so it is darn right frigid…below zero… but every day I walk down to the corner with my two boxers and pick up a copy of the Laconia Sun. On Sundays, when there is no Sun published, I can pick up the Weirs Times. On Mondays, the pups still insist on talking their walk even though there will be no new edition there to read, but since they only read Modern Dog Magazine they don’t really care.
Despite the severe cold, it is nice to come back into the house with the wood stove cranking…and trust me, it has been cranking a lot during the past few weeks. There is nothing like wood heat as far as we are concerned. It can be zero outside and things are toasty warm in the living room…sometimes a little too warm, but that’s OK. We used to let the fire die down before going to bed but this year with the extreme cold I have been loading up the stove to get through the night. As a result we have been chewing through the woodpile like Grant went through Richmond.
In the morning we typically would crumple up the newspapers and put some kindling on top to get it started again like most people do. But this year I stumbled onto an amazing natural product called Fatwood. Fatwood is harvested from the stumps of dead pine trees down South (I think their pines are different than the ones we have here?) The stump that is left in the ground after a tree has died and fallen or one that has been cut down for timber is the primary source of Fatwood, although you can get it from where branches connect to the tree trunk. The wood becomes impregnated with resin and becomes hard and rot-resistant over time. The Fatwood is cut into small strips around six to seven inches long. It only takes three pieces of Fatwood to start a fire and you don’t need any kindling at all. You can actually see the pitch in the grains of wood. It works pretty amazingly…
I am guessing that not a lot of people have heard of or use Fatwood. I picked some up at Lowe’s and they generally seem to have only a couple of small bags on hand so there doesn’t seem to be a big demand. If you burn wood, try some. Now that I don’t use newspapers for kindling we have a newspaper glut. And, with the woodpile dwindling, maybe I’ll go back to Lowe’s and buy one of those newspaper rollers to make logs? Nah, maybe not…
Here are some quotes by some famous people about heating with wood that you may find amusing or perhaps inspirational;
“Chop your own wood and it will warm you twice.” – Henry Ford
“People love chopping wood. In this activity one immediately sees results.” – Albert Einstein
“Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute.” – Albert Einstein (an example for his Theory of Relativity)
“Fire is the most tolerable third party.” Henry David Thoreau
“Old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.” – Francis Bacon
“The nation needs to return to the colonial way of life, when a wife was judged by the amount of wood she could split.” W.C. Fields (You should be careful when repeating this one in mixed company)
“When I retire I’m going to spend my evenings by the fireplace going through those boxes. There are things in there that ought to be burned.” – Richard M. Nixon. That’s a pretty good one!
Data compiled using the NEREN MLS system.