The leaves are falling and the temperature is slowly dropping. Fall is always a joyous time of year where the back to school routines are slowly sinking back in and warm days blend into cool nights. Now is the time to prepare your fireplace for use during the upcoming winter. Stocking up on firewood is a great start. Here are a few tips that will make your firewood storage and usage work to your advantage making way for an easy and relaxed winter season.
The way you store your firewood is an important aspect of fireplace care and upkeep. Well-seasoned firewood that is stored in a way that maintains a low moisture count, and protects the wood from being contaminated by nature (weather, bugs mold, etc.) or any other complications. Chadds Ford Fireside Shop suggests several measures one can take to ensure the wood is well kept, allowing it to provide a safe, flawless blaze within your home.
- Never leave firewood in a pile on the ground for more than a couple of days. Chadds Ford Fireside Shop has a variety of wood rails or racks in stock, which are a great asset, lifting the wood off the ground enough to avoid contamination from mud, bugs and mold. They also allow water to drain off the wood pile more readily if it gets wet from rain or other natural occurrences.
- During the summer, wood should be stacked in an open area exposed to sun and wind.
- Avoid stacking more than four feet high because tall piles become unstable.
- Split the logs in a variety of sizes, from 3″ to 6″ at the largest cross sectional dimension. Most commercial firewood is not split small enough for convenient fire management. The triangular shape of split pieces wedge together as they are stacked and help to make the pile stable. Remember, shorter firewood pieces (12″ – 14″) make for narrow tippy stacks.
For those opting to season wood at home, it is important to take into consideration that wood should be purchased months in advance to ensure the proper amounts of moisture are removed from the wood.
- Remember, green wood will not season properly in a wood shed or in deep shade.
- The more quickly the surface of the pieces dries, the less chance there is of molding and bug infestation.
- Properly seasoned wood has high heating efficiency ratings. Seasoned wood is also light in weight and it burns more completely, creating less creosote buildup in your chimney.
- Different wood types have different drying requirements so it is important to research the types of wood that work best for your environment and circumstance.
- However, when seasoned, usually by late September, the wood should be moved to winter bulk storage where it is fully sheltered from rain and snow.
Additionally, storing wood in the winter has its own requirements such as:
- Store the wood close to, but not inside, the house.
- If you do decide to keep wood in the home for ease of use, avoid storing large amounts because mold spores and moisture can affect indoor air quality, a potential problem for people with asthma and other lung diseases.
- In contrast, it is also a good rule of thumb to bring wood into the home near the fireplace to warm up before burning, but only one or two week’s supply at a time.
Chadds Ford Fireside Shop can help you determine the best products for your situation and is centrally located between Glen Mills and Chadds Ford, PA. We are on Route 202 close to the Delaware/PA state line. We service the Main Line, Montgomery County, Delaware County, and Chester County. Call Chadds Ford Fireside Shop at (610) 358-9355 or stop by today.