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Wet Firewood: Harmful to Your Health, Wasteful to Your Wallet

Post Date:01/15/2019 2:20 pm

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:

  • The 4 steps to dry firewoodStep 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.

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