Start Prepping Your Firewood For Fall

Do you own a wood-burning fireplace? Guarantee yourself the best fuel around by seasoning your own wood! This process may seem a bit daunting at first, but, when executed correctly, you can easily have a large pile of ready-to-use fuel this upcoming fall and winter, at no extra charge to you. That’s a deal you can’t beat!

If you are ready to start storing wood, the time to start is now. Wood can take anywhere from 6 months to a couple years to fully season (depending on the type), so the earlier you get things going, the better! Also, you never want to use wood that is unseasoned in your fireplace. This forces your fire to burn through a lot of extra moisture, taking up energy and causing creosote to accumulate more rapidly.

Follow these guidelines to get the best fuel possible!

Proper Stacking

When you are picking a spot for your wood pile, find an open area that gets a lot of sun. You will also want to keep the pile off the ground, so be sure there is a stable platform to get things started on. When you leave the pieces in the dirt, you invite mold and rot, both of which will greatly hinder the integrity of your firewood.

Once you start piling up pieces, be sure you stack loosely. If you line your pieces together too tightly, they will not get the opportunity to properly dry out. Each log needs as much access to the sunshine and warm winds as possible! Both of these play a big role in getting rid of all that excess moisture.

Other Tips

While proper stacking is the most vital step in properly seasoning your wood, there are other steps you can take to help the process go smoothly. Check them out!

  • Cover the pile to keep rain off. You can place a tarp over your wood to help fend off bad weather, but leave the sides open. While protecting against rain and harsh winds is a good idea, you don’t want to cut off too much ventilation.
  • Cut your pieces to different sizes. Different sizes are more ideal as starting and maintaining fires requires all different shapes and lengths of wood. For example, smaller pieces are used when first getting a flame going, while bigger pieces are placed on afterwards.
  • Measure your firebox. There would be nothing more frustrating than seasoning a bunch of wood, only to find out it is all too big for your fireplace. Do some measuring beforehand to save yourself the extra stress and hassle.

How Do I Know It’s Ready?

Well-seasoned wood all follows a certain set of guidelines. If you are looking for seasoned wood, note these characteristics:

  • Light-weight
  • Shorter length
  • Split/dark ends
  • Hollow sound when hit together
  • Easy to light

At Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney, we can help you prepare your fireplace for any season! Give us a call today to set up your next inspection or cleaning, or browse our website to view our long list of repair services. We can make your fireplace great!