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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The Importance of Using Seasoned Firewood

If 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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