Wood Stoves (And Woodsheds)

January 11, 2018

I’m one of those people who are always cold.

I honestly can’t even imagine living in any part of the world where the temperatures drop precipitously and the snow falls heavily.  Heck, even the eastern part of the Pacific Northwest sounds pretty awful to me in the winter!  I am definitely a West-of-the-Cascades sort of person.  I can’t handle much below 40 degrees.  In fact, I’m most comfortable around 70-75 degrees, outside and in.

Which is why I was so so adamant about having a wood stove installed when we built our house.  I can’t afford to use the furnace to achieve my target temperature (propane is expensive), but I sure can use all the free wood Jasper chopped this summer to stoke a blazing fire!

Jasper reading by the fire

And I love it.  I love it every day and every night when it is crackling away happily and I am warm.

I would be remiss, however, if I didn’t admit that the wood stove didn’t quite go according to plan.  Actually, a lot of things didn’t go according to plan, but that’s probably a post in and of itself, and I am here working hard at appreciating what we do have (which is a beautiful new house and a warm fireplace) and not dwelling on what we don’t have (which is the pinterest-worthy house I dreamed of but could not realistically afford).

So.  Anyway.  The wood stove ended up standing alone in the corner instead of the middle of the wall in a fireplace surround, and that’s OK.  It works for us, and keeps the house cozy and warm and that’s the important thing.

The woodshed that Jasper built

To make feeding the fireplace easier on ourselves, Jasper’s very first project after me moved into the farmhouse was to build a new woodshed.  Most of our wood is stacked down in the woodlot past the lower field, in what’s left of an old metal pole barn.  That’s where Jasper and his dad dragged all the blown down trees last summer and did all the work of cutting rounds and splitting them.  But we needed something a little smaller and a little closer to the house, because walking a quarter of a mile down to the woodlot every night to get a load to fill up the stove just didn’t sound appealing.

In just two days Jasper built this little shed, using mostly wood and cedar shakes recycled from the old shed we took down last spring, or milled lumber we found down in the lower garage.  I think the only thing we bought were those hinges for the doors.

Old wood for the woodshed

He also used some reclaimed wood from the original farmhouse.  The boards in the picture above were originally part of the walls and ceiling of the house, and were milled at the Crossett Western Lumber Company at Wauna at the turn of the 20th century.  They’re pretty neat to look at every time we open the woodshed doors.

He didn’t use any plans to build it, just a vision in his head, and I think it turned out pretty good.  But, as I’m sure will happen frequently on this journey of ours, we’ll need to tweak it a little come summer.  There isn’t enough of an overhang on the roof, and the doors don’t shut tight at the top, so water drips right in and gets the first row of wood a bit damp.  Also, the latch he made swells in the wet weather and makes it almost impossible to close securely at times.  For now though it works well enough, and there is so much else to do before spring comes knocking.

Not least of which is keeping warm in front of the wood stove on these cold winter days.


  • wasabi honey bee

    January 11, 2018 at 6:01 pm

    Mmm wood stoves and fire places are the BEST! We can use our fire place until we can instal an insert or have a flue lining built in the chimney. I searched a bunch because it sounded like one of those “you need it for safety but it really is just overkill” kind of things. But it wasn’t. unlined chimneys are a guess truly dangerous. Super sad though, as we sit gazing at our cold, empty fire place. Stay warm!

    1. sproutandsprig

      January 11, 2018 at 8:20 pm

      Oh no, that’s too bad! Hopefully you can get that installed soon!

  • The EcoFeminist

    January 11, 2018 at 8:50 pm

    Gorgeous shed! Your photography is so Pinterest-able 🙂 Funny, I like being a Northwesterner because I’m usually too WARM and hot summers drive me nuts. But I do hate being cold as well so 68-72 is my target range both inside and outside. BTW, is that an Ikea chair and if so, do you like it? I am looking for something not obscenely expensive as we have one of those overly-cushy sofas that are better to lie down on and I need me a chair!

    1. sproutandsprig

      January 12, 2018 at 12:03 am

      Haha, the Northwest is just perfect all around! And yep, that’s an IKEA special. I like it and it’s held up pretty well for going on six years. My only real complaint is that it’s not very pretty 😛

  • Brenda

    January 14, 2018 at 1:31 pm

    Woodstoves are essential for a cozy winter! You look well settled in to your new home. And I love your rug with the art deco/arts and crafts designs. I’ve never seen one quite like it. Beautiful (and pinterest-worthy).

    1. sproutandsprig

      January 18, 2018 at 6:08 pm

      Thank you! The rug is actually just from Amazon and super afforable – it’s by Unique Loom and part of their Heritage collection. I loved it for it’s arts and crafts design, too.

  • Hot Mess Homesteader

    January 14, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    We are looking at adding a wood stove to heat the house, and that shed is gorgeous!

  • SchallerHouseBlog

    January 19, 2018 at 10:05 pm

    Love the reclaimed wood!

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