There are times when having to go barefoot is an inconvenience, so I have to be extremely careful. We heat our house with a modern fireplace, ( can you believe the fireplace has a catalytic converter ?) so that means I have to cut firewood. I'm not gonna buy it as long as I can cut it. We have 50 Acres with 30 acres in hard wood, so we will not run out of trees to cut. They grow back faster than I can cut them just for our use. I do not cut it to sell!
Due to joint & mussel issues from lupus, (not to mention the skin issues I have from Lupus), I am extremely slow now. I have to utilize all of my equipment to make it as easy on me as possible. Yep, I use my dozer to pick it up to cut, because it hurts to much to stay bent over for any length of time. Yep, I have a wood spitter also, not going to, and can't swing an ax or a wood splitting maul any more. I only got about a 1/2 of a truck load before the rain set in, that is about 4 hours for me just to do that little, I used to cut 3 loads a day, not any more, I can't. I also use the dozer to bring the trees to level ground to make it easier to cut also. Yes. I also rake the limbs and pile them with the dozer also.
I hope everyone has a good day