Do you plan to heat your home with firewood this coming winter?
The best way to guarantee your wood is dry and ready to burn is to get it now. It takes at least 6-12 months to sufficiently season firewood. For safe and efficient burning, wood should have a moisture content below 20%. Here’s some tips for storing your firewood:
- Store firewood off the ground either by using a firewood rack, pallets, cinder blocks, or 4x4
- Stack your wood neatly with cut ends facing out to allow it to dry properly
- Cover the top of green or seasoned wood to prevent it from getting wet but allowing air circulation. It’s best not to completely cover a stack of wood.
One of the most important things you can do when choosing firewood is to buy it local. Purchase your firewood within 50 miles or less of where you will be burning it to help reduce the spread of invasive wood pests like the spotted lantern fly or emerald ash borer. It also helps stop the spread of fungi or bacteria that can lead to tree diseases.
Have you secured your firewood yet for the upcoming winter? Let us know in the comments.