Trees are a 100% renewable heat resource; need little or no irrigation and require very little disturbance of the soil over their growth cycle. The thinning of woodlands not only provides wood for fuel but helps the woodlands flourish by allowing trees more room to grow.
Beyond the memories that the scent of smoke brings, firewood is amazing for several reasons:
- Lowering your utility costs. Firewood is the most cost-effective fuel for domestic heating as stated by Research Institute of Sustainable Energy.
- Firewood has been shown to be 6x more economic than electric heat, 5x more economic than gas heat and 4x more economic than oil. Firewood is a renewable resource.
- You are no longer a victim to blackouts of conventional heating systems during storms or power failures. With a cord of firewood, you have heat!
- A blazing fireplace creates ambiance and atmosphere unlike anything else.
- Burning firewood is carbon neutral and does not contribute to global warming. Wood to rotting on the forest floor releases the same amount of carbon dioxide as it does when the wood is burned properly.
Buying locally sourced and seasoned firewood supports your local economy. Firewood can be seasoned (dry) or unseasoned (fresh/wet). It is classified as hardwood or softwood depending on the burn quality. Additionally, buying and burning firewood that was cut only a short distance from its last destination prevents the accidental spread of invasive tree-killing insects and diseases.
What is the best wood for firewood?
Oak: Known for its long, slow burns, oak is likely the best firewood wood.
Maple and Ash: Burns steady and is easy to split - what more could you ask for?
Typical hardwoods that are ideal for firewood are apple, cherry, and birch. Most fruit trees are great for firewood as they will give you a hotter and longer burn time. These woods have the least pitch and sap and are generally cleaner to handle.
On the other hand, pines, or firs burns very rapidly, creates a great deal of smoke, and coats your chimney with soot.
Firewood is great for burning in your wood stove, also known as a cook stove or fireplace. When camping outdoors in the fall, scavenging firewood for a campfire is sure to create memories. Indoors, a wood burning fireplace is a great way to save on heating costs in the winter. Having a cord or half cord of wood piled up outside the door is a great way to cozy up and stay warm on chilly nights. Just throw a few logs in to the fireplace and you are good to go on even the coldest winter nights.
Using what is left over after a fire:
When you do find yourself at the bottom of a burned-out fire, all that typically remains is a heap of embers and ash. While this typically just gets thrown out, there are many uses for it.
- Planting a tomato garden? You can use this ash and save on fertilizer.
- When old metal that is looking a little dull put some ashes in a rag and rub it for a metal polish.
- Add it to your compost as compost is naturally acidic, wood ash is a great addition, plus it adds calcium. Remember a little can go a long way, you do not want to upset the balance in your compost so think layering or sprinkling not pouring.
- Use it to de-ice instead of salt. Tossing some on an icy driveway or road can help with traction.
- Wood ash makes a great repellent for snails and slugs.
There are many ways to store firewood. These range from simple piles to free-standing stacks, to specialized structures. The goal of storing wood is to keep water away from it and to continue the drying process. Keeping firewood indoors is not recommended because it increases the risk of introducing termites into the home. Firewood should be stacked with the bark facing upwards. This allows the water to drain off, and standing frost, ice, or snow to be kept from the wood. Storing firewood on a pallet to keep it off the ground will keep moisture away as well.
Let Advanced Tree Care be your place for firewood this season! We offer firewood split seasoned and log length wood with free delivery within 10 miles.
Call us for pricing. Advanced Tree Care: 908-637-8476