Spring has sprung, the trees are budding, the flowers will soon start blooming. Why would anyone want to start thinking about fall? There are just too many fun things to do now that the weather is starting to get nice. But it’s never too early to start preparing for the next time you’ll use your fireplace. It’s especially important to set up your annual inspection and sweeping, and at FireSafe Chimney Service, we’re looking forward to making sure your fireplace is cleaned, repaired, and ready to go. Get your cordwood ready for burn season now!
How to Prepare Cordwood
The first tip for getting firewood ready for fall is just this: start cutting it now! It may seem early, but as soon as you cut your firewood, it starts to dry. Dryer wood is definitely better for burning. Decide which type of wood you want to burn, then you can start to cut it. Generally speaking, hardwoods burn longer and produce more heat, so you may want to use this wood in the winter when you’re looking to stay warm during the long, cold nights. Softer woods will burn quicker and produce less heat. These could be used in the autumn and spring to take a chill out of the air. If you’d like a nice aroma, different wood gives off different scents. For example, fruit trees like apple and cherry can give off a nice scent when burned. Remember, though, that hardwoods take longer to dry than softwoods.
Once your wood is cut, you’ll want to make sure you’re storing it properly so that it will dry in time for woodburning season. Never stack wood next to your house and never stack wood directly on the ground. If you stack your wood right next to the house, you may be giving critters and insects easy access into your home. Use a shed with open sides on the side of your home that will allow your wood to face the sun, put your wood on pallets and don’t stack it too tightly so that the air can flow around and through the wood, drying it more thoroughly. Because dry wood burns better and produces less creosote than green wood, you may want to use a moisture meter to test your wood before burning it. Ideally, wood should be at or below 20% moisture content.
What a good feeling it is to take care of your firewood now so you can enjoy your summer. When fall hits, you’ll be ready to start burning in your fireplace again!