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We have provided answers to some frequently asked questions. We think it is important that our customers are informed and understand the product they are purchasing. If your questions are not answered here please feel free to call or email us. We want to help!
Is the firewood we sell safe to burn in a fireplace or wood stove?
YES. All our firewood is properly seasoned and will be sold with a moisture content under 20%.
What does it mean when we say that the wood is "seasoned"?
Seasoned firewood is wood that has been thoroughly dried for a proper amount of time. This process could take 6-24 months depending on the species of wood. The wood is not considered seasoned until it reaches a moisture content of below 20%.
How can you tell if the wood is seasoned?
Seasoned wood is generally darker in color and may be cracking at the ends. It will also be lighter in weight and the bark can be peeled off much easier. Seasoned wood will have a hollow sound when two pieces are knocked together. But the best way to tell is to use a moisture meter.
Why is it important to burn dry seasoned firewood?
Burning dry wood is important for several reasons.
1. Burning wood that is not properly seasoned inside a fireplace or woodstove will create more creosote in your chimney. Over time an excess of creosote can cause a chimney fire.
2. Unseasoned firewood can be difficult to burn. If the moisture in the wood is too high it will smoke more and smolder not burning efficiently.
3. Unseasoned firewood will not create the desired heat. If the wood is too wet the energy created by the fire is used to burn off the moisture and will not put off as much heat.
How is firewood measured so I know I get what I paid for?
Firewood is generally sold using a volume measurement of cubic feet. A common term used is a “cord” of wood which is 128 cubic feet of wood. Wood can then be sold in fractions of a cord like 1/2 cord, 1/3 cord, or 1/4 cord. In addition, firewood is often sold in small bundles with common sizes of .75 – .90 – or 1.0 cubic feet.
A cubic feet calculator can be used to varify the volume of wood you purchased. These calculators can be found for free on the internet.
What is a Cord of firewood?
A cord of firewood is 128 cubic feet of wood. If you were to neatly stack a cord of firewood it would measure 8 feet long 4 feet wide and by 4 feet tall.
Do I have to buy a full cord of firewood?
NO. We are here to service your individual needs, and that is what sets us apart from other services. We will be glad to fill orders as small as a few bundles for a party or gathering. No order is too small or too large for us to fill.
Once I purchase firewood how should I store it?
Since you will be purchasing seasoned firewood from us you have many storage options. You can store the wood indoors like a garage or shed. You could also store the wood outside in a stack or on a rack. The most important thing is that the wood not be stored outside in direct contact with the ground or where rain water collects in puddles. Storing your wood in direct contact with the ground will cause the wood to rot over time.
If your wood will be stored outside over the winter months it would also be good to cover the top of the stack with a tarp. This will prevent rain and snow from freezing the stack together. When it is cold and you need wood for the fire you do not want to be outside chiseling the wood stack apart.