Well since ya brought it up...Exactly. So that's where I was, basically examining slight movements on grates and figuring a new 'rattle method" to keep back grate as closed as it can be. Surely there must be SOME wood to find out there under the frozen crunch of 6 inches?! So off I went to the creek, sideways walking down the embankment to where I know the downed lays. Through the snow I saw something sticking up! I pulled it out and it was huge! Bringing it back to the house I snapped this shot before I got to busting it up.
Then I started busting, and...it's green! I tried burning what I could break, and twirl, off anyway. It won't even light.
Sometimes ya just can't start a fire folks, no matter how ya try by pulling things out of the snow. So page 1 works great only when there's ground to be seen, and 3 fireboxes full of small dry wood to gather. (As with the small softer wood that you find down it takes 3 continuous loads to get coals going, or about as much as that 14 foot section of tree above)
On a happier note I hear it's gonna snow the next 2 days, cool!