Unfortunately, not every log is destined to become fine furniture, and that is okay. Generally, wood above the point a tree trunk splits into multiple branches is not suitable for milling into lumber, and many trees are too twisted or curved to be easily milled. A single tree can yield a huge amount of material, and since much of that can’t be milled, firewood is a great way to divert waste from our landfills.

One of the most important and functional technologies humankind first mastered was fire. Nowadays, most homes aren’t primarily warmed by wood-burning stoves, but there’s not much that's better than sitting ...

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