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Speaking of dumpster diving for wood, that's what my MIL does. She has a relatively small residence, about 1000sf, that she heats with a wood stove. There's a shed-building company not too far from her house. She stops by periodically to clear the scrap 2x4's & 2x6's from the dumpster. This is perfectly fine with the company - they put the dumpster where the locals can access it, even after hours. There's even a bit of competition over the wood. A few locals show up with their pickup trucks & will haul full loads away so sometimes she comes up empty-handed when she stops by.

Nevertheless, she's able to stock up enough wood to heat her Northeast residence for the winter. We supplement it with a bit of hardwood treefall from her property that we cut up & split for her. The kiln-dried pine makes a good fire but burns a bit too briskly to last thru the night.

Between deadfall & dumpster pickin's she gets free heat. We get a free workout splitting wood :).

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