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Wet Firewood: Harmful to Your Health, Wasteful to Your Wallet
Wet firewood can create excessive smoke, wasting fuel and harming your health — especially for children and elders. Properly dried wood creates a hotter fire, saving wood — and saving you time and money.
Here are 4 easy steps to dry your firewood:
- Step 1: SPLIT wood the right size to dry it faster.
- Split wood in a range of sizes to fit your stove, but no larger than 6-inch wedges.
- Split small pieces for kindling
- STEP 2: STACK wood to allow air to circulate.
- Keep the stack away from buildings and off the ground, and stack it in a single row with the split-side down.
- STEP 3: COVER the stack to protect it from rain or snow.
- Leave space between the cover and the wood — the cover should not rest directly on top — and keep the sides open to circulate air.
- STEP 4: STORE wood to allow enough time to dry.
- Softwoods take about 6 months to dry; hardwoods take about 12 months.
- Properly dried wood is lighter and sounds hollow when knocked.