Want to know how to properly season and dry your firewood for the best burning conditions? Here’s the Redneck science of seasoning and drying firewood properly.
If you are not familiar with or new to the awesomeness of using wood to heat your home this post is for you.
Not only is wood heat amazing, but it is also comforting to watch a fire burning in your fireplace. Snuggled in all warm in front of a good fire is one of our favorite things to do on a chilly evening.
One Basic Rule
Dry wood burns best.
I know, I know… seems obvious, right? The problem is knowing the difference between seasoned dry and unseasoned wet wood.
Seasoned Dry Wood
Seasoned drying means storing newly cut wood for a period of 1-3 years. This allows the internal cellular moisture of the wood to evaporate.
Newly cut (a still living tree) wood is referred to as “green wood”. Green wood is very difficult to get to burn. It is also very smoky when it does. There is very little heat produced by green wood because all of the fire’s energy is being wasted by also trying to dry the wood.
Once seasoned, a little surface moisture from rain or snow is not a big deal. It will not have a substantial negative impact on your burning. This is why my rack design (coming soon) includes so many features to allow for airflow and basic cover from the elements.
If you plan to buy firewood instead of cutting your own, make sure your source is good and has seasoned the wood for an appropriate amount of time. Aren’t sure? Just ask. Most people who sell firewood can tell you if and how long it has seasoned. If not, do not purchase it unless you are willing to season it yourself.
Your Own Cut Firewood
If you do or plan to cut your own wood, be prepared with time and space to season your wood. Make sure you maintain rotation of your firewood supply. This way you will always have good wood to burn for your household.
Don’t forget to check out my Redneck Science of Types & Species of Firewood here before heading out to cut your own.
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