Selecting The Correct Wood For Your Fireplace

Whether you buy wood every fall and winter or choose to store your own, knowing how to select the most ideal pieces for the fires you burn is important. You want to ensure the logs you burn are properly seasoned, guaranteeing you a safer, hotter, and less smokey fire. Also, burning unseasoned wood increases the accumulation of creosote in your chimney, increasing your need for cleanings and upping your risk of experiencing a chimney fire.

Fortunately, it is possible to identify which wood is more ideal by feeling it out and observing its physical state. Learn more about this process below, then give us a call to get your annual cleaning and inspection done before the burning season begins. With help from the team at Mason’s Chimney Service, your system will be looking and running better than ever in no time.

Signs Of Seasoned Wood

One way to tell whether or not the wood you are using is properly seasoned is to observe its size and color. Shorter pieces have less water to get rid of, so they’ll dry out and become ready for use quicker. It’ll also look darker and less fresh, indicating it has been sitting out for the recommended 6 month period.

Another thing to note is whether or not it is split at the ends. This is another sign that more of the wood was exposed to the sun and wind, and that is has been given a better opportunity to thoroughly dry out.

Properly stored and seasoned wood will also be lighter in weight, due to the lower moisture content, and it will make more of a hollow sound when you smack two pieces together. Pieces with excess water still in them weigh more and make a more solid-sounding thud noise when hitting against each other.

Why Less Water Is Important

So why is low water content good and how does it create a better fire? Trees naturally hold a lot of moisture, so once they are cut down, it takes some time for them to dry out. When a homeowner puts fresh wood in their fireplace, a lot of extra energy is used burning through all of the moisture still within it. This wood is harder to start and it doesn’t burn as clean, either.

What you’ll notice is a lot of excess smoke and fumes, and in the end, a lot of acidic water will pour through your chimney, encouraging the build up and creosote to form. This smoke can also blacken the glass doors to your fireplace and it doesn’t typically bring the most pleasant odors into your home, either. All in all, burning properly seasoned wood will make your fire-burning experience much more enjoyable and it keeps your chimney in better health, too.

We Can Help You With Any Questions Or Concerns

Whether you’re buying wood, storing wood, or are simply concerned with how unseasoned wood may have negatively affected the state of your chimney, we can help you out. Our sweeps are CSIA certified experts, with a lot of knowledge and experience to back up any services and advice they offer.

If you’re ready to work with the best, count on us today!

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Operating Your Wood-Burning Stove

If you’ve recently purchased a wood-burning stove, or are considering purchasing one, then Mason’s Chimney Service has all of the tools and expertise necessary to help you out. Count on our experts for installation and regular maintenance to ensure your appliance stays in tip-top shape all year long. Learn more about these stoves below, then contact us today, so we can set you up right!

Benefits Of Owning A Wood-Burning Stove

There’s no doubt that wood-burning appliances offer a pleasing and timeless aesthetic to any living space. Stoves provide that classic look and feel that homeowners often seek, but without all the mess of a full-blown fireplace. They require less overall maintenance, and they produce less ash, too. It’s the perfect fit for someone with a busy lifestyle or for someone who simply doesn’t want to keep up with all of that hassle.

And don’t worry about efficiency! These are units that are built to stand the test of time, and they pour out heat, so you’ll be nice and toasty, no matter what’s going on outside. They also produce a strong fire with less wood than traditional fireplaces. Additionally, you can put them just about anywhere in your home! On top of everything, they produce little smoke, so you can enjoy your fire the fullest, without the stress of fumes backing up into your home.

There are also cost benefits to owning a wood-burning stove! Wood is a cheap and renewable resource (especially if you season your own). You’ll save loads of money on heating bills each winter thanks to the extra warmth you’re gaining. You’ll be surprised at how much cozier your home is and you’ll have extra cash to spend on holiday gifts and decor – it’s a win-win!

How To Use One

If you’re new to the wood stove game, we’re certain you’ll get the process of using one down in a jiffy. First things first, you need to ensure all valves and dampers are open, so that air can properly circulate and fuel your fire. Proper air flow will make all the difference in how strong of a fire you produce. Also, it ensures that no smoke pours back into your home.

Next, build a fire with seasoned wood. Using anything other than seasoned wood will encourage the accumulation of creosote, so it’s important to know how to decipher green wood from dry wood. Fresher logs will be heavier, look fresher, and will make a dull thud when smacked together. Seasoned wood (the kind you want) will be lightweight, split and dark at the ends, and it will sound hollow when you hit two pieces against each other.

After you’ve got the right firewood, start a fire, then enjoy it! You can add fuel as needed, and you can also adjust the valves and damper to ensure you’re getting the best air circulation possible. You’ll be enjoying a cozy night in in no time!

What Are You Waiting For?

With the holidays coming up, there’s no time to lose. Ask us about our wood stoves today!

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