At Sirvent Lexington, we are always looking for the best ways to save money and energy, especially when it involves your fireplace. If you are looking for tips on the warmest and longest lasting fires for less money this winter, you should buy proper firewood. Seasoned firewood is the best wood to burn in your fireplace, and we would like to tell you more about it.
What is seasoned firewood?
Seasoned firewood has had ample time to dry, at least six months after it has been cut. While freshly cut wood is typically about 40 to 50 percent water, seasoned firewood have a moisture content of only 20 to 25 percent. They are the best wood to burn inside your fireplace, and your chimney will thank you too, as seasoned firewood won’t create as much creosote.
Where can I find seasoned firewood?
To find a trusted seasoned firewood dealer, you can ask friends, family, and neighbors. The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) also advises on a few differences to be on the look out for when shopping. Seasoned firewood have visible cracks and splits with darkened ends and lighter in weight. They also make a clear clunking sound when they hit another piece. If you have access to cutting your own firewood, you can season it yourself by storing it off the ground and protecting it from excess moisture after cutting them.
Why is seasoned firewood so much better than ordinary firewood?
According to the CSIA, before the wood can burn, the water must be gone. This means if less water is in the wood, the quicker it burns. If firewood has been properly seasoned, it burns cleaner, produces more heat, and is easier to start. Burning wet wood lead to many problems including an overproduction of smoke, an accelerated development of creosote, and an increase in your utility bills. However, burning seasoned firewood increases energy efficiency in your home.
For your professional chimney and fireplace maintenance, repair, and installation needs in the Lexington area, you can contact us to schedule an appointment today!