It wouldn’t be camping if you didn’t have a campfire. Every weekend when we go for our evening walks we pass campfires warmly blazing away, people seated around with their beverage of choice and children roasting marshmallows or making s’mores. Doesn’t matter the weather, if your camping you have to have a fire.

Road side camp wood sign

You can purchase wood from road side stands. Farmers (mostly Mennonites) have feed sack size bags for sale, enough for at least 1 or 2 good fires  Prices vary from $8 a bag down to $2.50 a bag, depending on location. Sites on main roads get more for their wood than the farms on back roads.

$2.50 a bag

If your ambitious, you can pick up all the free firewood you might need on your hikes in the woods. There is plenty of dead wood to be had in the forest. This can be awkward and dirty business as it doesn’t come cut into nice manageable 1 to 2 foot lengths.

scrap wood in garbage bins

What most other campers  do is to go to a local saw mill  (about 10 minutes away) and get a truck load or trailer load of end cuts and scrap. Its just waste for the mill so they sell it cheap. You load it on and drive away with a summer supply of firewood.

off cuts from the mill

We did a variation of this. Last Saturday we went looking for a local Farmers’ Market, didn’t find it by the way, and ended up about an hour from home. I suggested we look for the mill and Mike did what most guys don’t do. He asked for directions! We were directed to a mill on the outskirts of town.

logs ready for the mill

When we arrived the place looked closed, only one truck in the parking lot. He went in to inquire and was told they don’t do that anymore but would sell us some, just this once. Just drive around the back and we’ll load you up.

finished boards

On the ride out back I said “don’t get too much, we don’t have that many fires, we’ll never use it up, a half load should do us.”

Loading her up

So we get out back and the young man gets a BIG tractor with a BIG loading bucket, and within 5 minutes we had a full load in our BIG dually truck.

A full load

I should have known to save my breath. Mike doesn’t do anything by halves. Remember the Big Bargoons post and the freeze dried bueberries?  The whole load cost us $25, that’s a lot of feed bags.

The loader driver leveling the load. Check out that kerchief.

Before we stack this stuff we need to go out and purchase gloves, this stuff is really slivery.

At home ready to unload

Of course we have a bucket full of work gloves in storage, in Milton. Not much good here though.

Loading the wheelbarrow

It’s all stacked now, but the weather hasn’t co-operated, lots of rain and cold. We aren’t like those hardy folks; we’re definitely fair weather fire fans.  So we’ve not had a fire yet.

Stacked behind the shed

Wouldn’t you know, we’re out for our walk on a cold and rainy evening  when we come upon a fire warmly blazing away with a crowd of people all clutching umbrellas clustered close for warmth. When you’ve only got weekends to enjoy your trailer, you have a campfire in the rain.


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