Basswood is what carvers make high end duck decoys out of. It is a very straight grained soft wood. I do not think it is a good burning wood. Worse than Popple even. Crazy you should check Ebay for basswood blocks, the size and the price. A few years ago it was good priced. You may not want to burn it.
I am glad you got the widowmaker down without making any widows Kloppers..
I think I have the water fixed. I did them two different ways.
For the turkeys I wrapped "heat tape" around the cups. I then covered them with duct tape and BC's shiny silver stuff. I have a submersible heater in the barrel, and the barrel sits on a heater. I wrapped the entire barrel in a double layer of that silvery stuff. When I checked just before coming in 2 out of three cups were thawed out, BUT it is only 30 degree here too.
For the chickens I gave in and put the barrel inside the coop. I put a heat pan inside the 55 gal. barrel on the floor. I then put the 35 gal barrel inside the 55 gal barrel on top of the heater pan. I put a submersible heater inside the 35 gal barrel. Wrapped the barrel in the shiny stuff again , Twice. I had to take the drinking cups off the 35 gal barrel to get it inside the 55 gal barrel. I made a opening just large enough for the cups to poke through, and screwed the drinking cups back on from outside the 55 gal barrel.
No pictures my cell phone was in the house.
I gave the CX's a new shiny 8 gal steel fount on a heated base, I got at fleetfarm in Cambridge today.
I gave the 3 gallon heated fount to the creamettes incase their barrel freezes up, but theirs was good this AM even.as cold as it was. Theirs is inside the cafeteria I built them. Creamettes need to be spoiled if you are to get a diamond encrusted egg from them.
I filled everything with water and feed so the DW will not have to while I am off having adventures in babysitting the next couple days.
Speaking of eggs, here is my egg totals from each group of birds:
British gals------ 0
So as you can see I have all my hens producing at the same level now! A goal many aim for, but no one hits. I am special!
Half the turkeys went into the roosting house on their own tonight. Had I not been filling their feeder at roosting time I bet all but 3-4 would have went inside. I scared some out when I went in.
The guineas are spending the night outside. That shiny silver water tank is way too scary to risk going into the same building it is in.