Heating the Homestead

DIY Homesteader Festival Workshop:

Heating the Homestead

Why not branch out and learn how to use locally sourced biomass (aka: trees) to heat your homestead? Join Clint Pinder, of Firewood Manitoba, for this exploration of homestead heating. You’ll head out to the forest and learn about sourcing, harvesting, felling, processing, seasoning, storing and burning your fuel – and even how you can utilize the ashes. Chainsaw safety and personal protective equipment will also be discussed.

Learn about various heating appliances; the pros and cons of wood stoves, pellet stoves, fireplaces, wood/electric furnaces, indoor/outdoor wood boilers. Cost, area heated, fuel type, and best fit for your budget & homestead.

Finally nail down what a cord of wood actually is, as well as differences between hardwood and softwood, how and why to season wood, and the best places and practices for stacking your fuel.

Hands-on: Participants will walk through the forest to assess firewood sources, perhaps cutting some felled wood. Some participants will try out axes, splitting mauls, wedges and chainsaws, supervised one on one with the instructor. Some will try carrying, throwing, stacking wood.

Accessibility: This workshop will take place in the forest, which could be less accessible than the pasture areas of the farm. Participants may take part in physical activities involved in processing firewood – these are entirely optional.


Clint Pinder

Clint grew up on a mixed beef and grain farm and was helping with firewood (whether he liked or not) as soon as he could carry a piece of split poplar. The farmhouse was heated by a big wood cook stove in the middle of the kitchen; efficiency was not its strong suit - but with a pasture full of trees, it kept the house warm. Flash forward 30 years and Clint now owns and operates Firewood Manitoba, supplying cut and split firewood for heating, cooking, recreational burning in wood stoves, fireplaces, fire pits, saunas and hot tubs. He's passionate about heating sustainably using locally sourced timber and helping others do the same.