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:
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.
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.
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.
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
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