I don’t prepare a huge amount of firewood. There are plenty of downed branches I can access all winter. I do keep a couple weeks worth available.

The small branches are easier to cut up with no splitting and burn nice in my small wood stove.

Winter electric

I noticed that as the sun got lower and the leaves fell off the trees more light was getting on the south side of the cabin roof than was getting to the clearing.  So I moved the solar panels to the roof.  I may angle one more East and the other West to get the best coverage.  Another plus is much shorter cables which means more voltage gets to the batteries.