Properly Storing Firewood
From the kindling used to start it, to the logs used to sustain it, wood is the fuel that feeds your fire.
If stored properly, firewood is a great way to adequately and efficiently heat your home, whether you live in Duluth, Alpharetta, Roswell or Marietta.
But not all wood is created equal when it comes to burning. Wood used in your fireplace or wood burning stove should be thoroughly dried. It is recommended that firewood be allowed to dry out for a minimum of six months. Achieving that can be easy with the right care.
There are a few steps you can take to ensure your firewood is dried and ready for burning, including:
Drying and seasoning firewood in an area that gets ample sunlight and airflow to help dry out the wood. Wood will not dry and season effectively if it is in a fully enclosed area that has no air circulation.
- Keeping your firewood off of the ground. Instead stack on a tarp or gravel (and no more than 4 feet high to reduce the threat of falling wood). This will reduce the moisture that seeps into the wood from the ground.
- Covering the firewood. Use a tarp to cover the top, but be sure to leave the sides open to increase airflow (see the first point above). If stored in a shed or other structure, be sure there is plenty of air circulation to help dry the wood.
- If stored outside, use a pesticide to exterminate and discourage bugs from using the stack of firewood as its home.
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