There’s a lot of benefits to owning a wood-burning fireplace. Many homeowners simply just love the ambiance they offer. However, many people falsely assume you can use any piece of wood you find to build a fire. This misconception leads to a lot of issues when it comes to maintaining a strong, warm flame, and it doesn’t do your chimney any favors.
Wood that hasn’t been properly dried out contain a lot of water that your flames are now forced to burn through, causing less heat to come from the fire and more smoke to form. This makes your burning period less than pleasant. It also contributes to a higher accumulation of creosote, which increases your likelihood of a chimney fire. For the best fire possible, you’ll want to either purchase seasoned wood or store and season your own wood. At Chimspector Venting Services, we’re here to help!
Seasoned Vs. Unseasoned Wood
There are many ways to tell the difference between seasoned and unseasoned wood. Seasoned wood has a few key characteristics. First of all, it is darker in color, shorter in length, and it is split at the ends. These all indicate it was given every opportunity for all of the water to evaporate. Splitting the ends and cutting it shorter helps it dry out a lot faster!
Seasoned wood is also lighter, as less moisture is stored up to weigh it down. This also means when two pieces hit together, they’ll sound hollow. Logs that are unseasoned, on the other hand, will make more of a dull, thudding noise. Avoid fresh-looking wood that seems to weigh more, as this indicates it either hasn’t been stored properly or that it hasn’t been left outdoors for the appropriate amount of time to cure.
Storing Your Own Wood
The best way to ensure all of your fuel is seasoned properly is to store it yourself, but storing it correctly is essential. You’ll need to ensure your woodpile is well protected so that rain or snow doesn’t hinder the drying process. You also need to keep it adequately exposed to sunshine and windy weather, both of these encourage moisture to evaporate. A shed with open sides and a sturdy roof is an ideal location.
You must also make sure the logs are cut short enough to allow them the ample opportunity to dry out. In these conditions, most wood then will be ready to go in 6 months, and the longer you wait, the better cure your wood will be to build you the perfect fire for your home.
Call Us In Now For Your Inspection
If you’re ready to start lighting up fires, give us a call first so that we can make sure everything is safe. If you know that unseasoned wood has been burned in your fireplace before, then there’s a good chance your chimney has excess creosote that needs to be removed before burning season begins. We’ll assess your situation, then ensure you’re fully prepared for the cooler months ahead. Call us today!