A very good friend had a huge Eucalyptus citriodora cut down recently as it had died, and she very kindly offered me the wood as the only heating in this house is from a slow combustion wood fire. I usually burn at least 12 cubic metres a year, so this is going to save me a lot of money for which I am very grateful. I laboured over the last week or so to bring four trailer loads of wood from her home to mine, and on Saturday my son met me there to collect the remaining logs that were too heavy for me to lift. This is the wood pile after three loads, and by the time it was finished I would estimate I had been given about 4-5 cubic metres of timber.
In a couple of hours my son converted the bigger pile of logs into this:-
Stacked in this clever way between the trees, the wood will dry out a bit more, and by winter time will be ready to keep me warm. What a good man that fellow is!
PS. A couple of readers have asked if Eucalyptus wood smells when it burns. The simple answer would be not really, it is dry and enclosed so what little smell there is goes up the chimney. It is the leaves that contain the oil that you might know, and one certainly smells that gorgeous scent when boiling the leaves for natural dyeing.