How to Choose Seasoned Firewood
The best time to prepare firewood to keep your home warm during the winter season is at least a year ahead. Seasoned firewood burns more efficiently, gives off more heat, and burns clean.
Here are simple ideas which you can follow to determine if what you are buying is seasoned firewood. Or you can simply prepare one yourself.
- Wood that is fresh-cut could still have 45 to over 50 percent water stored in it. Moisture content this much in your firewood will not help to keep your home warm and comfortable. Frustration would be the best word to describe your experience when you have unseasoned firewood instead.
- In seasoned air dried firewood , water content should only be around 20 to 25 percent after it has been cut or split and stacked, and kept dry for a year or kil dried. No matter what type it is, firewood can be prepared and dried under the sun and with the wind while stacked outside your house. When properly exposed for seasoning and the drier it becomes, the better they burn when used.
- When you choose air dried or kil dried firewood for home use, it will greatly reduce the build up of creosote, while the acidic water brought by burning unseasoned firewood not burning properly can build up around your stove or chimney. When your firewood is dry, it does not create any creosote but will only serve to keep your home and family warm and totally comfortable with the clean and steady heat it brings.
- In stacking, seasoned firewood is either covered with plastic sheet, an oiled canvass cloth, or wide plywood in case rain happens. The edges are still exposed to allow the moisture from each cut wood to escape. Pallets or scrap wood are sometimes used to raise the stack from the ground to protect it from more moisture and rotting. Air flow from underneath the stack is also encouraged this way.
- Spaces in between each piece of the seasoned firewood allow better air circulation and sun exposure, ensuring that by the time they are going to be used, they are thoroughly dry enough to burn well and clean. A good amount of space between the stack of firewood and the wall of the house also maximizes air flow and sun-drying.
- Whether you choose to buy or cut up and prepare your own stack for the winter season, it is best to remember these basic things about seasoned firewood and put them to good use. Your home will be more comfortable and warm when you know what’s best.