More Firewood (Leña)

We have gone through almost three loads of firewood so far this season and just ordered another two loads a few days ago. At 4,500 pesos or $160 US this is going to be an expensive winter season here in Uruguay.

I found out a few days ago that there are two types of wood red and white, I believe the eucalyptus is about the only wood burned here.  And that the red wood burns longer.  I had no idea, what we have received is the white. I also understand from Doug a long-term resident, that the round rolls of wood are cheaper than cut wood.

We have one fireplace and it is located in the main living area of the house. So that is where we spend most of our time now. Not a hardship as it is a big comfy room with a grand picture window, a full couch and 2 great easy chairs, a table and chairs for the computers and a writing desk. Oh yeah, and a propane stove, a few really warm throw blankets and a pass through to the kitchen. And lots of firewood!

Checking the Pinecone Inventory

Here we use pinecones to get our fires started as well as getting it going a bit hotter when we have left it a bit too long without checking.  So each week several guys come around selling big bags to help stock up our inventory.  They run from 60 pesos a bag to 80 or $2.15 to $2.85 US per bag.

Right after I took this photo our guy came by and we bought two more bags of cones so our inventory is 4 full bags and 1 partial. That should take us for a few weeks when the weather turns cold again.  The past several days it has been up into the high 60’s even got up into the low 70’s so we have not had a fire going.