On the first day of autumn, we built a bushcraft hut for the kids to play in. They got a ton of use out of it, but are now bored with it. They were bored of it until we decided to use it.
We had discussed adding a small structure of some sort to store sticks to use as kindling throughout the winter. Just like last year, we ran out of time. We did, however, have this bushcraft hut that could be made snow tight so that we would actually have a kindling hut.
I put a tarp over the hut and tied it down best I could. I covered the ends with the leftover tarps we had laying around. I added some logs around the edges of the tarp to be sure it wouldn’t blow away. Once the snow builds up around the base, the tarp won’t go anywhere.
Then we started filling it with dry sticks from all over the yard. Easy to gather kindling, all stacked up for winter. Much easier than splitting logs into small pieces. We also gather plenty of birch bark off of fallen trees to use as fire starters.
Voila! Kindling can be stored here throughout the winter so we never run out. (If we finish filling it of course)