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Lumberjack lessons

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Firewood, say seasoned pros, warms you four times: when you cut, when you split, and when you stack—all before the flaming finale. That’s why winter is such a choice time to chop. But winter hewers need to practise superior diligence, for themselves and their saws. While winter is a lovely time to cut (no bugs!), in reality, “the best time to cut is when your saw is sharp,” says Marshall Byle, a master solid-fuel technician. “Most wood splits easiest right after you cut it, when it’s green.” Because all wood has the same energy content per pound, the best wood to cut, Byle says, is the stuff you get for free. “After that you can start getting fussy.”

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Cottage Life’s Winter issue is all about how Canadians do the cold season. Meet a family that embraces the best of winter fun, with polar bear dips, hot tubs, and all-day shinny. Try our weekend meal plans designed for when the water’s off. Get intel from our workshop to help you thrive in the cold: an outhouse seat hack, tips to keep your pipes flowing in winter, a snowmobile spark plug troubleshooting guide, a firewood-cutting primer, and a bookshelf project that gives your old wooden toboggan new life. Plus, we deliver the inside scoop on new appliances for off-grid living. And, it’s the moment we wait for all year, when we get to show you the stunning collection of winning shots from our annual photo contest, along with the funniest pics you sent in. Lastly, Cottage Life turns 30 this year. Celebrate with us as we look back at our fondest (and strangest) moments.
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