Top Ten Tips for Buying and Storing Firewood

August 31st, 2008 by Brad Crooks

Winter will be here soon, which has you thinking about buying wood for some roaring fires during the coming months.  Before you shop, review these tips to make sure you get the best value for your money when buying and storing firewood.

  1. Make sure the wood was cut at least six to eight months ago, so that it’s had enough time to become seasoned (dry out) before you start to use it.Storing Firewood In A Log Holder - Home Of Decor 

  2. Look for wood that has an even color and no signs of green.  Green wood will be heavier because it still contains a high amount of water.  Seasoned wood frequently has darkened ends and the pieces feel lighter.

  3. Split wood will dry faster because there’s more surface area exposed to air.

  4. Know how much wood you are buying.  A cord of wood is 128 cubic feet, usually 8 feet long, 4 feet tall and 4 feet deep.  A face cord of wood is also 8 feet long and 4 feet tall, but only as deep as the wood is cut.

  5. Dense woods like oak, hickory, and sugar maple will cost more but burn longer. 

  6. Determine the length of the pieces you’ll need in advance, so you won’t have to re-cut the wood later, or make lots of trips to the wood pile because the pieces are too short.  Measure the length of your grate to make sure you get the right size.

  7. Store the wood securely at least a few inches above the ground, preferably on a log rack, with good air flow so that it will remain dry until needed.  Cover the wood with a tarp, weighed down so it won’t blow away.

  8. Rotten wood and mud tubes in the logs could be signs of termites.  For this reason, don’t store the firewood closer than 15 feet to your house. 

  9. Bring the wood into the house the day before you plan to use it so it can dry out more, but don’t bring in more than two days worth in case of bugs or mold in the timber.

  10. Don’t use construction scraps, especially from decks or landscaping ties.  These can actually contain dangerous amounts of toxic compounds, releasing things like arsenic into your home.
Listen to Top Ten Tips for Buying and Storing Firewood
Listen to Top Ten Tips for Buying and Storing Firewood

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