Facts You Should Know
Firewood is a type of wood product that is often collected and used as fuel in the suburbs and the countryside. Harvesting and collecting firewood differ by region and culture. The firewood can be soft or hard. It can emit less smoke and more heat producing less creosote which is often the cause of chimney fires. Softwoods are good in piling and cutting firewood and putting it on the wood burner to heat up the entire house. The perfect time to cut logs firewood is when the trees around begin to shed their leaves. When you have just chopped firewood, it is most still likely to have about 60% water or more. This won't burn in the fireplace. You must season or dry first the woods for its water content to be released until it is only about 20% or even less. By then, it is ready to be used as fuel for burning. Seasoning firewood means draining the water content of the wood by means of evaporation. Drying the firewood can cause it to burn easily, efficiently, and safely. Burning unseasoned firewood or partially seasoned wood is dangerous since it can cause fire because the creosote that builds up in the linings of the chimney can actually catch fire when it is being used. It takes time before woods gets fully dried up but it can actually be done in a way using some techniques and tricks to make the process swift. The best way to split firewood can be seen if you search the net.
The ideal size of splitting firewood is six to eight inches in diameter and 18 inches in length. This must be your goal in chopping wood. It must be placed outside so that they can dry up.
Piling the wood properly can make it dry swiftly. You must make sure to put a base under them to keep it off the ground and to avoid the occurrence of soil moist. A pallet can be used as a good base since it is a few inches higher above the ground.
Put or make a side support to keep the pile erect and orderly. You must also place a gap in between the firewood pile and the wood for proper air passage and ventilation. A pallet as a base of your stack will also allow air flow to your stack. Remember that air can speed up the process of drying.
Never cover the firewood stack. Do not also cover the end to allow the proper flow of air and its circulation. It quickens that release of moisture if it has no covers. Covering the stack too soon may slow the drying and it can increase drying time. If you think you really need to have them covered, make sure that they are already dried up before doing so.
Stack your firewood in a place where there is direct sunlight throughout the day. There are also beliefs about covering the pile while seasoning firewood. Others say that you should over the stack to shield it from rain while others believed otherwise. By no matter what, covering the stack is a no-no. The length of time that firewood would definitely be dried up is about eight months.