If you are like most people, you like the idea of curling up on the couch in front of a roaring fire on cld nights. If you have a fireplace or a wood stove, you need firewood to put in it. That means you need to find your firewood for sale and then there are several things you need to know about picking the the right firewood, storing it the right way and then seasoning it properly. Luckily, Farm and Dailyandnbsp;has your back with this helpful information.
Make sure you select the right kind of wood.
Find out if the wood was produced near you. It is always better to get firewood that was produced near you. When wood is harvested far away, there is always the chance that you will get more than firewood when it arrives. You can also get an unwelcome delivery of invasive insects.
Decide what kind of wood you want to deal with. You can get either hardwood or softwood. There are pros and cons to each kind. The former takes a lot more work and time to season but you will get at least double the heat.he wood. Hardwood like birch, maple and oak take longer to season, but provide nearly twice as much heat. It also takes a lot longer to burn. Using the latter will cut your seasoning time considerably but the drawback is you will get a lot less heat.
Next you need to season your wood.
Most firewood experts recommend taking some time at the end of the winter to cut wood for the following winter. Doing this will let you put the firewood someplace over the summer where it will get a chance to dry. When wood is cut during the summer or autumn, it will not have the time to dry out and will contain more moisture. When this wood is burned, it takes a lot more to get heat from it. Also, the amount of smoke that is produced is much greater when you burn wood that has a high moisture content. Additionally, the smoke that is produced is very bad for your chimney.
For optimum burning capacity, you should only burn firewood that has a moisture content that is somewhere in the range of 10 to 20%. To get to that level, you need to give hardwood about a year of seasoning. For softwood that time is cut to six months. If you split your wood, you will cut the drying time. It is important to note that when you first cut your Chicago firewood, it contains about 80% or more water.
After about 12 months of seasoning, you should do a moisture check of the wood. You need to be careful. You do not want to burn wood that is too wet but it is not advisable to burn wood that is too dry either. If the wood has a moisture level that is under 10%, it will produce too much heat for most wood stoves or fireplaces to handle. Wood that has closer to 20% is better. You can get a meter to test the moisture level of your wood. You can also try to burn a few pieces outside to see if it is the right level.
There are good and bad places to store wood.
If you are storing it outside, it needs to be kept away from your home. You need to put at least 25 feet between your house and your firewood. Place the firewood on pallets and place a tarp or other covering on top. If you have it next to your home, you are just asking for termites to feed on your home. To keep your wood bug free, put it up on something. Never use insect chemicals on your wood. The smoke it produces when burned will be toxic. The Environmental Protection Agency has some good tips for wood storage as well.
If you are going to keep your firewood indoors, do not keep it next to your wood stove or fireplace. Keep at least three feet between your wood and any heat sources
Few things are as enjoyable as a night inside by the fire. The smell of burning wood and the heat makes a home comfortable.
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