For the average person who hasn't been schooled in how to select firewood, it seems like it would be a simple enough process. You find some wood, you burn it – right? Well, that’s not exactly correct and the process of selecting the right wood for your fireplace or wood stove is actually a bit trickier than it seems. That’s why we went to the experts to get some inside tips and tricks to use when selecting firewood. Below are our favorite articles that gave some great advice and should have you choosing the best firewood for your needs from now on.
How to Choose Firewood Logs
This handy step by step guide posted on wikiHow.com, makes it really easy to get started on how to figure out if you’re getting the right kind of wood. One of the biggest problems people encounter when buying firewood is getting wood that has not been properly seasoned. Firewood needs to seasoned, or in layman’s terms, dried out, because wet wood will not burn well. Wood that hasn't been properly seasoned will create very smoky fires, if it burns at all. In addition, burning unseasoned wood in your fireplace can cause creosote buildup, which is the cause of many chimney fires. You can get all the details and information by reading the full article here.
How to Select Firewood
The type of fire you have will depend on the type of wood you choose, and this article posted on Forestry.com, has some great insight to help you pick the right firewood for your purposes. From hardwoods, which burn longer and hotter, to soft woods, which light quicker but also burn faster, getting the right type of firewood for your needs is very important. It’s also very important to get seasoned wood, or to season it yourself, and the article tells you how to check and see if the firewood you’re buying is already seasoned, or if you’re going to have to wait for six months before you can use. You’ll want to read the entire article here to get all the helpful advice.
How to Choose the Best Firewood for Your Needs
Whether you want a hot fire, a quick burning fire, or a crackly fire, determines the type of wood you want to use and this article posted on Ctsweepl.com tells you just which woods will give you which type of fire. If you’re cooking or heating your home, then you probably want to use some good hardwoods. Hardwoods burn hotter and longer than soft woods. However, hard woods are difficult to get started so you have to figure that into your requirements. Once they get going, hardwoods are great for creating significant heat and wonderful to cook with. You can find out more about hardwoods and many other aspects of picking your firewood by reading the full article here.
How to Select Firewood
In this article posted on Csia.org, the site of the Chimney Safety Institute of America, we get the full low down on how and why to choose which type of wood. From buying and storage tips to information on how to tell if your wood has been properly seasoned, this article is just chock full of helpful hints and tips on choosing the best firewood for your application. The article also features full videos giving detailed information on how to season your wood. Get all the great information by reading the full article here.