With turkey dinners, sleigh bells, and snowy nights just around the corner, many homeowners are looking for ways to make their holiday season a little more memorable. One guaranteed way to do this is by always having a steady supply of firewood on hand! Whether you have an indoor fireplace or outdoor fire pit, there is nothing quite like a toasty, warm fire to share with family and friends. So where can you get your stock of firewood for the winter, and what else should you know about building a fire safely? Read on to find out!
Whether you are looking for oak or mixed firewood, Porter Tree Services has a vast supply ready and waiting for you! A roaring fire is the perfect touch to your holiday party, or simply an evening at home watching the snow fall. In order to enjoy this winter treat in a safe way, it is important to learn some of the basic safety tips of firewood use, both indoors and outdoors.
Firewood Safety 101
One of the most important things to ensure with your firewood is that it is seasoned firewood. Seasoned firewood, unlike the wood you might pick up in your backyard, has a lower moisture content, making it more ideal for clean, efficient burning. “Wet” or “green” wood will not burn so easily, and can generate a lot of smoke and creosote in the process.
To make sure that you have the best firewood, you also should ensure that the wood itself is split before use. Split wood dries out more quickly; when the interior of the wood is exposed, then water can evaporate, leaving you with dry, clean-burning wood.
If you purchase a large quantity of firewood from Porter Tree Services, it can last you all winter long! But storing it properly will play a role in just how long-lasting it is. Firewood does best in an area that is well aerated and covered, that way it will stay dry and rain or moisture cannot affect it.
When selecting pieces of wood to burn, save dense pieces of wood as your “base” as it will provide the most fuel- this also makes them ideal for colder days. Lighter, thinner pieces can serve as kindling and as the entirety of the fire when you do not need to generate a large amount of heat.
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