The Importance of Using Seasoned Firewood

Seasoned Firewood Image - Cherry Hill NJ - Mason's Chimney ServiceIf you own a wood-burning fireplace, then you’re likely an expert at building fires. But did you know that the wood you use plays an important role in the fire-building process? Wood that contains too much moisture will burn much less efficiently, and it isn’t good for your chimney, either. Learn more about the negative impacts of using unseasoned firewood below. Then, keep reading to find out how to season your own wood, so you can build the perfect fire every time!

Results Of Using Unseasoned Wood

Using unseasoned wood can quickly make any fireplace experience turn bad. Wood with more water to burn through is known for smoking more and triggering an unpleasant odor. Your nice evening in will be ruined as smoke fills your living room, and family members and guests will move elsewhere in a hurry!

Along with this, your chimney will suffer. As the fire uses energy to burn through the excess moisture, all of that smoke will deposit acidic water in your chimney’s liner. This leads to more creosote and debris accumulation, which triggers more deterioration throughout your system as a whole.

On top of this, you’re risk for chimney fires will increase dramatically since more creosote will be present. Chimney fires greatly diminish the integrity of your chimney’s structure, and they leave your home more vulnerable to fire, too. You’ll face lots of bills as you invest in expensive repairs, and you won’t be able to light any fires until things get patched up. Save yourself the stress by picking the right firewood from the start!

Lastly, firewood that hasn’t been properly seasoned simply doesn’t work as efficiently as wood that has. Even if you get through it without major smoking problems, you’ll find yourself with less heat output, since so much energy was wasted burning through the extra water. Using unseasoned wood really isn’t worth it… Invest in the good stuff from the start – you won’t regret it!

Signs Of Seasoned Wood

The best way to ensure your firewood is seasoned correctly is by doing it yourself! Store your wood pile off of the ground, preferably in a shed with open sides. Otherwise, leaving your pile out in the open is fine, just be sure to cover it when it’s rainy outside. For best results, store your firewood for at least 6 months and in an area where it gets lots of exposure to sunshine and windy weather.

If you are unable to store your own wood pile, then there are ways to ensure the wood you purchase is good to go. First of all, wood that has been cut shorter will likely be better than longer pieces. Next, check the ends and see if they are darker and split. If so, you’re right on target! Also, try to find pieces that are lighter in weight, as this means less water is present. Lastly, knock two logs together. If they make a hollow, clunking noise, you should be good to go!

We wish you success in all of your future fires… Good luck from the staff at Mason’s Chimney Service!

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Advantages of Having Fireplace Glass Doors

Fireplace Glass Doors Photo - Cherry Hill NJ - Mason's Chimney ServiceFrom time to time we get questions about fireplace glass doors. Homeowners wonder if having these installed is actually worth the money, and they question how this investment would benefit over their household time. At Mason’s Chimney Service, we recommend having glass doors put on, and our staff is trained, certified, and more than qualified to get the job done for you! Check out all the advantages of fireplaces glass doors by reading below.

Increased Safety

First of all, these products will make your fireplace experiences much safer. If you have small children or crazy pets, then this is definitely a great option for you. It’s important to remember that these doors get hot, though, so keep that in mind when teaching your children about fireplace safety.

On top of keeping curious kids and animals out of the fireplace, glass doors help to keep stray embers and flames inside the firebox where they belong. If these sparks get loose, they could hurt loved ones, ruin furniture and rugs, and could even trigger a full blown house fire. On top of this, the logs themselves could roll out when your fire settles from time to time – not good at all!

Keep your home and family as safe as possible – ask us about our glass doors today!

Increased Efficiency

Glass doors also greatly increase the efficiency of your fireplace. They are known for heating your home more effectively and their tight seal over your firebox will help to reduce your utility bill, as well. Many assume they trap the heat, not allowing any to enter the room, but this is not the case at all! Rather, heat will radiate into your living space, keeping people all throughout it warm and cozy all evening long.

Also, they often work better than dampers at keeping your house at the temperature you desire. You won’t have to worry about the cold drafts sweeping throughout your home all winter and, come summer, your air conditioning won’t escape outside. There’s no doubt that fireplace glass doors are worth every penny!

Increased Style

One of more exciting parts of purchasing glass doors is the opportunity to showcase your unique style and tastes. Friends, neighbors, and family members will rave about your beautiful new addition and your fireplace will look better than ever. It adds a clean, polished look to any aesthetic and it will definitely be a worthwhile investment in the long run.

We Can Install Yours!

Mason’s Chimney Service staffs experts who can easily install new glass doors into your fireplace. Our technicians are CSIA and NFI trained and certified, so you know we have got your back, no matter what. When it comes to installation services for your fireplace and chimney, we know it all! Give us a call today to learn more!

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