Important Tips to Care for Your Firewood

October 28, 2019

If you have a wood burning fireplace like so many people do in New England, it is important that you take care of your firewood. Doing so will make sure that when you want to start your fire that you’ll have nice, dry and ready to go firewood at your disposal. Follow these tips to make sure firewood is ready to go. 

1. Properly Stack your Firewood:

One big way that makes your firewood nice and dry is with good circulation. If you just toss your firewood on top of each other haphazardly, this won’t allow for good circulation. Wood should be stacked loosely to allow for air circulation between each piece. 

2. Stack Your Wood Above Ground

If possible, certainly try and make sure your firewood is elevated above the ground a few inches. Unwanted moisture can be introduced to your stack if it’s right on the ground. 

3. Keeping Your Wood Dry: 

Make sure that your wood is covered when being stored. So, putting a tarp over it or storing it somewhere away from mother nature is very important. 

4. Don’t Store Too Much Wood Indoors

It may be tempting to haul in a large bulk of wood and keep in near your fireplace so it is handy. But firewood often will contain spiders, termites, ants and other bugs that you don’t wan to bring inside. If you don’t plan on burning it shortly after bringing it into your home, try keeping it outside. You can keep your firewood in a shed after it has aged properly, but it’s best to keep it away from your home. 

5. Don’t stack firewood against your home

So many people will stack their firewood against their homes. Why is this a bad idea? First of all, placing such a highly flammable material right against your home isn’t smart. It also invites unwanted rodents or insects to congregate directly next to your home. 

If you are interested in getting a wood burning fireplace and need help maintaining it, our team is here to help. Please feel free to reach out to our team at 800-472-1717 or through our online contact form.  

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