The first cozy fireplace fire of the season

Tuxedo cat Skye on a trunk ottoman / part of The first cozy fireplace fire of the season via

Anyone else still have a real wood burning fireplace? I am SO glad we do. And I was even more giddy when my brother Les called about some firewood he wanted to send my way. 

Rustic garden shed storing firewood via

This garden shed is where we store firewood. But I’ll be the first to admit, I’ve never loved smacking through the mud or snow with a wheelbarrow in tow in order to get the wood to the house. (because that’s when we always seem to run out)

But this winter will be different!

Stacked pine firewood, part of The first cozy fireplace fire of the season via

Stacked firewood on a pallet wood chair, part of The first cozy fireplace fire of the season via

Stacked firewood on a pallet wood chair, part of The first cozy fireplace fire of the season via

Yessiree, the pallet wood sofa and pallet wood chair are now stacked with that amazing wood that will keep us cozy all winter long. With no boots required. 

But it took many hands for this firewood to arrive here.

Sister Wendy helps with stacking the wood,  part of The first cozy fireplace fire of the season via

Meet my sis, Wendy! She helped us carry and stack it all up those bazillion patio stairs. Thanks, girl! It was so easy and even FUN with you along for the ride!

But I admit, I’m REALLY kicking myself for not taking pics of Les’ genius method on how we got the wood into my truck. KICK KICK KICK! So I’ll try and explain for those curious…

The wood was stacked on a 2nd floor patio. So backing my truck down below, Les filled some garbage bags up with… I think other garbage bags? and made them puffy. Setting them down into the centre of the truck bed, when the wood was thrown down, the puffy bags cushioned the blow, keeping the wood from being knocked right out of the back again. I even learned how to throw a chunk of wood so it didn’t travel and hit the back window. Boy…. the things one learns with guys around! 🙂

And you know what happened next, right?

Real wood burning fireplace with industrial metal plate,  part of The first cozy fireplace fire of the season via

The first cozy fire of the season HAD to transpire. Just had to. That night.

Cat's first sighting of a fire, part of The first cozy fireplace fire of the season via

And a couple of fraidy cat newbies to all things fire didn’t quite know what to make of it all.

Cat's first sighting of a fire, part of The first cozy fireplace fire of the season via

Snap, crackle, POP! Boy that wood burns awesome!

“Hey, that’s not so scary after all! And it’s kinda cozy too… hmmmm…. not sure though…”

Tuxedo cat Skye on a trunk ottoman / part of The first cozy fireplace fire of the season via

Skye was clearly the brave, and toasty warm winner and won the cushy spot on the trunk ottoman. 

Real wood burning fireplace with a curved industrial metal plate / part of The first cozy fireplace fire of the season via

The first cozy fireplace fire of the season truly signals fall is upon us. We do love our fires! And have even been found to roast marshmallows and hotdogs inside. Making dinner has never been so much fun!

I love to light this thing up and sit really close, especially like I did tonight while Survivor played. There is just no better way to enjoy the longer, cooler evenings than beside a fireplace.

Real wood burning fireplace with a curved industrial metal plate / part of The first cozy fireplace fire of the season via
Thank-you Les and Dar for the fabulous wood! And for Wendy and my boy to help get it home.

The only thing left to do is obvious… time to stock up on more hotdogs and marshmallows of course!

Do you use your fireplace quite often? Gas or wood?

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24 thoughts on “The first cozy fireplace fire of the season

  1. I love how you used your pallet furniture to stack the wood. Like you, our wood is up by our shed and it is no fun to trek up the hill in the snow to get it. The Mr usually brings in two wheelbarrow loads filled over the brim and parks them in the sunroom. ( Our sunroom is only a 3 season room ) We have a fireplace int he livingroom, but don’t use it much as we don’t use the livingroom very often ( no tv in there haha) , but do use the family room in the basement area. There is a wood stove down there and that is what we burn the wood in. During the day, we let it simmer down there so it is at a comfortable level to be there and at night we pack it full to heat the entire house. Speaking of using the fireplace, it is that time of year where the Mr need to get on the roof and clean out the chimney. We do it every year. Each seems that each year in our area, someone gets a chimney fire and that makes me nervous. Make sure your chimney is clean.

  2. We use one of ours all the time (we have 2 wood burning rumford inspired fireplaces). When we built the house the plan was to be able to burn both simultaneously. They throw so much heat it’s one or the other. Love using the fireplace popcorn popper. We also have a wood stove in the basement which we use to heat the house. Our oil heat is our back-up.

  3. Good morning, what a nice surprise waking up to your fire! We have two fireplaces, one in our kitchen dining room and one in the family room for those after dinner experiences. On mornings like these, cool and in the forties, after brewing the coffee, I “compose” the kitchen fire and bask in the warmth, light, sound, and fragrance of the resplendent wood fuel. It is sublime….

  4. I just LOVE the smell and feel of a wood burning fireplace. We heat with ours and have propane as a back-up. Nothing beats wood. I so enjoy your posts and think of you as my muse. You inspire me to take risks. Thank You and keep on Junkin!

  5. We have a wood burning fire in our living room and I love sitting by it on a cold winter’s night. But in the warmer months, we enjoy our outdoor chimenia (?) all the time. We extend the season by covering ourselves in a blanket and enjoying the fall chill. makes me want to light one tonight!

  6. Love! The ironic thing with Colorado is most of the state is banned from wood burning (pollution). So, everyone pictures large, log burning fireplaces when they think mountains and most fireplaces are gas!
    Love this! laura
    ps I still keep a small stash of wood next to my “fireplace.”

  7. Looks quite cozy! We have a gas fireplace now and sadly, hardly ever use it! I miss a wood-burning fireplace – BUT – not the chore of hauling and stacking wood. Maybe again someday…

  8. great wood story! just knew Skye would like the fire ( the bolder one) but what till Lake figures it out they will be fighting or piling upon the otoman! once again great wrting thanks Donna!

  9. Aww, you snowbirds are so lucky! It looks so inviting and well worth the hard work. I can’t imagine what it’s like to live in snow country, since I’ve never ventured out of South Florida in the winter, but that roaring fireplace in your comfy living room sure makes me want to find out! Have a marshmallow for me, and thank you for taking my mind off the icky, muggy, heat we’re having here now 🙂

  10. We have a wood burning fireplace (with gas starter). Unfortunately we can’t use it because our oldest daughter has severe asthma and fires really trigger her symptoms. (She loves fires, too).

  11. i miss my fireplace. we used to live in ohio, and now we live in north carolina. we COULD use one here occasionally, but the house we are renting doesn’t have one. pout… enjoy yours for me!

  12. When we built our home way back in the 80’s I insisted on a wood burning fireplace; we had one in our first home and I so loved the smell, the warmth and of course the crackling! You are right; there is nothing better than a real wood fireplace. We use it every winter; and one time when our furnace conked out in January, it was a true lifesaver! My favorite comfy chair is placed strategically beside it 😉

    Yours is awesome and your kitties so cute investigating their first fire.

  13. This is a wonderful story, I too had a whole truckload of good fun. Your boy is most entertaining. Makes me laugh. May have to join you by the fire one cool evening. Love you

  14. So am I the only person who is concerned about the combustible materials sitting on your hearth, so close to that roaring fire? Yes, I probably am. When I can’t find something to worry about in my own life, I worry about others!! Be safe.

  15. Nothing is as cozy as a real fireplace, I have a foe one it does look realistic and does throw heat but no wintery scent of burning wood. I did see a candle that mimics burning hickory though. Even though Im in southwest florida it still gets cold winter brings 40s in the evening. Have fun by your fire! Lisa@ Sweet Tea N’ Salty Air

  16. Hi Donna:

    I can totalllllly relate to the thrill of a wood burning fireplace/woodstove. I also agree with all the previous comments regarding why we love a good fire, however, I would also add the sound a wood fire makes when while it burns can’t be matched or easily duplicated!

    We have a cottage on an island in central Ontario and our only source of heat is either electricity (very expensive) or our woodstove. I have actually become somewhat of an expert using the log splitter in order to keep enough wood on hand to heat the cottage.

    Something you might want to keep in mind regarding storing your firewood is to ensure there are no bugs, ants or cocoons in the firewood or it might be a problem storing the wood on your wood furniture or inside your sunroom.

    Also, I can’t tell from your pictures but if you don’t have glass or metal doors on your fireplace I would recommend you consider installing them if you intend to use your fireplace. Based on personal experience burning wood in a fireplace without a door will result in a layer of soot being deposited on everything in your house which will add to your cleaning and dusting duties.

    That’s all for now, Nancy

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