<<<=== Is this a heart, teddy bear head or a "hidden Mickey." The debate rages on. what are your two cents? Sometimes the chain saw makes unusual patterns in wood, but this was already there naturally.
The pounds of Christmas candy and the lure of the sofa when its 30 degrees out has not wrestled me to down into a pile of poor muscle tone and inactivity yet. With the late snow this year, my arms are solid than any Zumba class could provide. Lately, we have been doing the lumberjack thing - cutting and carrying wood. It's sustainable, good for the environment and saves money on heating bills - in fact, hundreds of dollars.
For the uninitiated, firewood comes from dead trees. One may say "why not leave them for animal habitats? Ants like them, woodpeckers like them..." When one lives or works on a treed property, not ALL dead trees can be left for wildlife. A fallen tree leaning precariously could potentially injure or kill a person or animal, especially when the wind is high. Also, when the bramble and dead and fallen trees are removed, the tree saplings have a better chance to grow for the next generation.
I fully understand how some people have the urge to chain themselves to a grandfather oak to prevent someone from chopping it down, but if a tree is rotting, there is a short time window to harvest it for firewood before the ants take it over. When a tree dies standing the sap dries inside and makes the wood hot when burned. If the tree falls and rots, then it burns like paper. The more dense the wood, the fewer pieces one must burn.
Granted, the ants have a place in the world, but there are so many trees down and dead trees one can't even possibly get to based on their location. Trust me, the ants are fine. There is no shortage of them. And the woodpeckers stay busy.
When wood is "green" and alive, it takes several years to dry to burn. That doesn't happen too often - but here and there limbs that have been cut by necessity for the health of the tree or part of a tree that broke on a fence and will die anyways severed from its roots gets thrown in the mix. (Granted, sites as SherrillTree sell a lot of cables and supports to help trees. It is practical for trees around the house but impractical at times for in the woods due to the trip hazards.)
In summary: rest assured, burning wood in a fireplace is completely eco friendly as well as very frugal if you have access to a woodland area and have the muscle to do it.