Did you know that one of the easiest ways to increase the energy efficiency of your home is to buy and burn the right type of firewood in your fireplace? When you burn the right kind of firewood, not only are you getting more comfortable heat for your home, but you are also decreasing your heating costs. Although this may sound too good to be true, the type of firewood you burn can play a big role in saving money and energy. For over 30 years, Ashbusters has been providing superior professional chimney maintenance, repair, and installation services to the Nashville area, and we would like to answer some frequently asked questions about the best burning firewood to give you some helpful tips to stay warm this winter.
What type of firewood should I burn?
To enjoy long lasting, clean burning, and warmer fires, you should only burn seasoned firewood in your fireplace. This type of firewood has been allowed to dry for at least six months after it has been cut. According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), only burning seasoned firewood helps you avoid smoke and odor problems, large amounts of creosote accumulation, and dangerous chimney fires.
Why is seasoned firewood the best wood to burn?
When you burn freshly-cut firewood, the fire spends most of its energy on drying out all of the moisture inside the wood before it can produce a good fire. Not only does this reduce the amount of heat that is provided to your home, but it also leads to gallons of acidic water being deposited in your chimney, which causes corrosion damage to the masonry materials. Freshly-cut wood typically has a moisture content of about 45 percent. Allowing the wood to dry for six months can reduce that content by half, and that will give you better firewood to burn this winter.
Where do I find seasoned firewood?
Your local firewood dealer should have seasoned firewood, but if you do not already have a trusted firewood dealer, ask your friends, family, and neighbors for their recommendations. You can also get an idea of whether or not the wood is seasoned by looking at it to see if the ends are darkened with visible cracks and splits. It will also be relatively lightweight. Additionally, you can use a moisture detector device to measure the water content if you would like to be certain before you buy the firewood.
Only burning seasoned firewood is key to enjoying the best fires in your fireplace. Contact us at Ashbusters for all of your professional chimney and fireplace maintenance, repair, and installation needs.