How to Get the Most from Your Firewood

Burning firewood

The days are shorter. The nights are longer and cooler.

The conditions are perfect for enjoying a cozy fire on a nightly basis.

Even if your fireplace is clean and ready to do, you can’t just place firewood in it and light it up.

You’re firewood, just like your fireplace, needs to be properly prepared before you can put it to work.

Before (or after) you pick up your firewood from Van Beek’s Garden Supplies, make certain you follow these tips on how to get the most from your firewood.

Split firewoodSplit it

Firewood dries from the surface inward.

Pieces or logs of firewood which are intact will dry very slowly versus split firewood.

The more interior wood is exposed, the faster the wood will dry.

To speed up the drying process even more, stack the wood loosely to allow air to circulate in between pieces.

Always burn seasoned firewood

At Van Beek’s, we only carry seasoned firewood.

Here’s why:

Allowing wood to fully dry over the course of a year ensures that it will burn:

  • Efficiently
  • Cleanly
  • Safely

To tell if firewood has been seasoned to the point of burning, look for cracks in the ends of the log.

Another test you can do is to bang two pieces of firewood together:

  • Seasoned firewood will make a sharp cracking sound
  • Unseasoned firewood will create a dead, thud-like noise

Also remember that unseasoned firewood produces less heat when burned, but creates more smoke and creosote vs. seasoned firewood.

Wood pileStore firewood properly

The right way to store firewood is:

  • Outdoors
  • With a cover on top
  • Sides exposed to the air
  • Make sure the bottom row is a few inches above the topsoil layer

And when it snows, throw a tarp over the entire pile to prevent snow from getting trapped in between pieces.

Bring only small amounts indoors

Bringing firewood inside to dry is actually counter-productive, because it may release more humidity into the room where you store it.

Plus, spiders and other insects may have housed themselves into your firewood.

A little tap against a hard surface should scare out any bugs.

Otherwise, you’ll be bringing them into your home – along with your firewood.

FireboxDon’t cram the firebox with wood

A natural inclination is to place as much firewood as possible in the firebox.

More wood equals a bigger and better fire, right?

Wrong.

Overstuffing the firebox can limit the amount of air which circulates around the fire.

Instead, use smaller loads of firewood more frequently when using your fireplace. Make sure the air inlet is open wide to keep the fire burning briskly.

If you need to stop you fire early, wait until the fire is well-established. Then, turn down the damper.

We’re your source for firewood

There’s nothing quite like a long-lasting crackling fire throughout the winter.

However if your firewood isn’t up to snuff, then it won’t burn the way you want it to.

In order to ensure your firewood performs, you need to do two things:

  1. Make sure you have the right firewood for your needs
  2. Follow the instructions above to prepare it properly

Contact Van Beek’s today to stock up on firewood for the season or to by request a quote on our firewood products.

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