When it comes to building and maintaining great fires, picking out the right fuel is a vital step. Using seasoned wood can make all the difference in creating a fire that burns more efficiently. Well-seasoned wood means fewer toxins, cleaner burns, and less creosote build-up. All of these things not only make your fireplace experience more enjoyable but keep your home and family safer, as well.
Don’t let smoking issues, chimney fires, and more ruin your holiday season. Read up on these tips for picking out the best fuel possible, so you can get the most out of all your fires this winter.
Check Out the Ends
When sorting through a woodpile, keep an eye out for wood that is short in length and split at the ends. The ends will also be darker in color and will not look as fresh. All of these indicate that more surface area has been exposed to the sun for a longer period of time.
Fresh cut wood can contain a lot of water. The ideal piece of wood will have dried out for over 6 months to ensure as much moisture as possible is gone before going on the burn pile. That’s why these signs are ones you definitely want to consider, the next time you pick out firewood!
Note the Weight
If the wood has been given enough time to dry out, it will weigh less. If the wood feels dense and heavy, then there is still too much water inside, and it needs some more time in the sun. Two lightweight pieces will make a clear clunking noise when you hit them together – another great sign of well-seasoned wood!
Store Your Own
The most obvious way to ensure you get the best fuel possible is to store your own firewood. A little time and effort will allow you some great fires this winter, and you won’t have to pay a thing!
If this sounds like the best option for you, make sure that your wood is protected from rain, snow, or any other type of moisture. Your pile will also need good air circulation to ensure the drying process goes smoothly. The CSIA recommends a shed with a roof, open sides, and lots of sun exposure. A classic woodpile works, too, just make sure you are taking the appropriate steps to protect it when the weather gets bad.
If you are ready to start building hotter, cleaner fires that start with ease, take the time to pick out the best wood logs that you can find. Not only will this heighten efficiency, but it will lower the risk of chimney fires and minimizes the likelihood of inhaling smoke and harmful toxins.
For more advice on this subject or anything else chimney or fireplace related, turn to the experts at SirVent Chimney and Venting Service. Our staff is CSIA trained and certified, and we are excited about helping you out! Give us a call today!