Firewood is a crucial part of any cabin or cabin owner’s winter preparations. Not only do you need to make sure you have enough wood to last through the season, but you also need to make sure it’s the right kind of wood.
In this blog post, we’ll go over 9 things you need to know about firewood so you can be prepared for the colder months ahead.
1. Dry wood is the most efficient type of firewood to use because it has lower moisture content and burns more efficiently than wet wood. Dry wood should have a moisture content of less than 20%, which can be tested with a moisture meter or by splitting a few logs and checking for water droplets on the surface of the wood. Dry wood also gives off less smoke, making it easier to maintain a clean fire.
2. The type of wood you use is important because different types of wood burn at different rates and produce different amounts of heat. Hardwoods like oak and hickory are best for burning because they create more heat over a longer period of time. Soft woods like pine and cedar produce more smoke and less heat.
3. It is not recommended to burn green or unseasoned wood because it produces more smoke, creates creosote buildup in your chimney, and has a lower BTU output than seasoned wood. Seasoned wood has been left to sit for at least six months, so it’s best to plan ahead and buy the wood you need for the season.
4. It’s a good idea to stack your firewood off the ground on a pallet or platform to keep it dry and rot-free. Seasoned wood that has been stored properly can last up to five years, so it pays to buy a little extra.
5. Be sure to split your wood into small pieces to burn it. Splitting the wood allows more oxygen to reach the center of the log, helping it burn faster and more efficiently. Smaller pieces also fit better in your fireplace or stove, which means you can store more wood in a smaller space.
6. Firewood should be stored in a dry place away from your home to prevent the spread of pests or disease. It is also important to protect it from the weather by covering it with a tarp or plastic sheet.
7. You should avoid using pressure treated lumber, painted lumber, plywood and other chemically treated lumber as they release harmful toxins when burned.
8. If you want to use logs that have been lying around for a while, be sure to check them for signs of rot or mold before burning them.
9. Always keep safety in mind when handling firewood as splinters and sharp edges can cause serious injury if not handled properly.
Finally, remember to appreciate the quality and beauty of the firewood. Seasoned wood produces a cozy and warm atmosphere that everyone can enjoy in your home or cottage.
With the proper preparation, there’s nothing more comforting than a crackling fire on a cold winter’s night!