When it comes to firewood, it is important to plan ahead. Did you know most types of wood take at least 6 months to season? And many take one to two years! If you hope to burn lots of fires in 2018, you need to start prepping wood now.
Importance Of Seasoned Wood
By seasoning your own wood, you are doing yourself and your fireplace a great service! Burning unseasoned fuel results in smoke accumulation, creosote build-up, acidic toxins in the air, and more. By sticking with your own properly dried fuel, your fires will be easier to build and they will burn cleaner and more efficiently. Keep your chimney in good health by burning only seasoned wood from here on out.
If you are ready to start storing and seasoning your own fuel, then we have some great tips to help you get started. Check them out!
Cut It Short
When cutting your wood, the shorter you go the better off you will be. The smaller it is, the quicker it will dry out. You will also want to make it an appropriate length for your fireplace or stove. There’s no use in storing your own firewood, if it will not fit in your appliance! Do some measuring, then cut the logs to at least three inches shorter than the width or depth of your fireplace (depending on how you build your fires).
Be Careful When Covering
You may need to cover your wood to keep it safe during bad weather. Yet, covering it up all the time means less sun exposure and longer drying times. When the weather is good, uncover your wood so more heat can get in and dry out the moisture. Also, never cover up the sides. Just cover the top to keep rain out.
Stack Off The Ground
Leaving wood on the ground leads to mold accumulation and rot. Instead, store the wood on pallets or poles to keep it off the ground throughout the seasoning process. Also, stack the pieces lightly. The more air circulation each piece has, the better the whole pile will vent. A well-vented storage area is ideal for effective seasoning.
Look Into Wood Types
You may also want to keep in mind that certain types of wood burn more efficiently than others. Try for ash, hickory, oak, pine, and similar hardwoods that are known for producing high heat and longer-lasting burns.
Remember, too, that certain trees are more common in different areas. Find which types of wood you have the most access to, so you never have to worry about running short.
At Mountain Man Fireplace and Chimney, we want to help you enjoy your fireplace for years to come! Invest in our services for any and all of your chimney-related needs. We look forward to helping you out!