I recently received our Michigan State Grange Roster, like many of you. It’s kind of sad in a way that many of our Granges do not have anyone listed for many positions. The material goes out, to the Secretary, who in many cases is already overloaded with duties. Each Grange should strive to be sure that they have someone designated as a Chairperson to help get information out to our Grangers. To grow, we need participation and without our Granges showing some effort and interest, it’s difficult. Hopefully, we will be doing conferences again and we can discuss this at that time. And if you have ideas or thoughts on conferences in your area, please let your state leaders know.
As I am writing this article, it’s 4 degrees above zero, with winds! So I though this information might be of interest to all.
Heating Safety — Be Warm and Safe This Winter
- Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.
- Have a three foot “kid free zone” around open fires and space heaters.
- Never use your oven to heat your home.
- Have a qualified professional install stationary heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.
- Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
- Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
- Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.
- Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying in to the room, ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
- Test your smoke alarms monthly!
Which Wood Burns Best?
It’s fireplace time again and with it comes the problem of buying or cutting your firewood. Now, I don’t claim to be a scholar on this subject of what’s best, but this poem might help.
Beech wood fires are bright and clear
If the logs are kept a year.
Chestnut’s only good they say,
If for long its laid away.
Birch and Fir logs burn to fast,
Blaze up bright and do not last.
Elm wood burns like a church yard mould,
E’en the flames are very cold.
Poplar gives a bitter smoke,
Fills your eyes and makes you choke.
Apple wood will scent your room,
With an incense like perfume.
Oak and maple, if dry and old,
Keep away the winter cold.
But Ash wood wet, and ash wood dry,
A King shall warm his slippers by.