Here in Northern New Mexico most people heat with wood and a significant number use wood for cooking, too. It just makes sense: Heat the house and cook a meal at the same time. It's not unusual to enter a kitchen and see two stoves, one for summer and another for winter. My kitchen is too small for an extra stove, but we have a wood burner in the living room, keeping us nice and toasty.
We're lucky because with trees right here, we just drive the Ranger around, cutting and collecting dead and down wood. I help somewhat, but Tom does most of the work. He says wood warms you up twice: once when it's collected and sawed, and again when the wood fire is burning merrily in the stove. (Tom doesn't say "merrily." That was me.)
Sometimes Tom does a little "Tom Sawyering" and gets innocent friends to collect wood for us.
So we have piles of wood all over the place in different stages of preparation. That's okay because everyone else does, too, unless they buy wood already cut and split from that guy in the truck.
Yep, that's our bathtub from the old house. Next summer we will set it up in the yard for open air solar heated baths.
If you round the corner of the fence to the right, there's some more.
And if you walk along this fence, guess what?
Inside the fence next to the garage is the good stuff, all ready to burn.
We keep wood close to the house for easy access. I think we are set for wood now, Tom.
Uh, Tom? Tom?
Well, it's a sure thing we will be warm this winter.