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Are You Using The Right Wood For Your Fireplace?

From time to time, we hear from homeowners who are concerned about draft issues or losing heat. They assume it’s due to a malfunction with their fireplace, but most of the time, these issues are caused by something else much easier to fix – unseasoned firewood. Using the appropriate fuel for your system is vital for burning more efficient and hotter fires. In this case, you need to invest in seasoned wood.

Unseasoned wood is not good to use in your fireplace, as it has lots of moisture that your fire has to burn through. This takes up a lot of energy, and it results in a lot of acidic water going into your chimney, which leads to build up and clogs quicker. It also leads to a smokier fire, and you won’t get as much heat, either. All around, seasoned wood is a much better option to use in your fireplace.

Identifying Seasoned Wood

pile of firewoodSo, what should you look for when purchasing wood for your fireplace? Here are some surefire signs that the wood you’re picking is well-seasoned. First of all, keep an eye out for pieces that are darker in color, shorter in length, and split at the ends. These are all good signs that the wood has been drying out for a long time and has been stored appropriately.

Looking for another test? Trying hitting two pieces together, then listen carefully. If they sound hollow, then this is another indicator that they are good firewood. The pieces should also feel lighter in weight since there is less water inside of them. Overall, the wood you use shouldn’t look or smell freshly cut, as these pieces likely haven’t being dried out for the recommended six month period.

Storing Your Own Fuel?

Now, if you want to know for sure that the wood you’re burning is going to burn well, then we recommend storing your own wood. Here’s the best way to get the results you’re looking for!

First of all, store the wood pile off the ground, so that the logs at the bottom of the pile aren’t left to rot. The shed you store it in should be well-protected, yet open enough that the logs can dry out effectively. A building with open sides and a strong roof is ideal! You’ll want to keep the ends as exposed as possible, so that water can effectively escape.

Finally, wood should be stored for at least six months before use. This ensures the moisture levels have enough time to escape significantly, so you’re not left struggling to build long-lasting and enjoyable fires this winter.

Need Some Help With Your Chimney? Call On Us

Having some great fuel stored up is a key part in guaranteeing a safer and cozier burning season, but you’ll need to ensure your chimney is in a good shape, too. At, Sirvent Chimney and Venting Service, we can help! Call us in to get your inspection and sweeping out of the way, so you know you’re good to go when the temperatures start to drop.

Is Your Firewood Properly Seasoned?

Owning a wood-burning fireplace is every homeowner’s dream. The smell, the crackling wood, and the cozy atmosphere they offer create the perfect ambiance (especially on cooler days). With the holidays coming up quick, you’ll want to ensure your fireplace is ready to go!

What can you do do make sure you’re all set? Scheduling an inspection is an obvious must. The qualified staff at SirVent Chimney can look things over and assess whether you need repairs or a sweeping.

Once homeowners schedule this, they often think they’re good to go, but what about your firewood? Firewood that hasn’t been seasoned correctly or for a long enough period of time can turn any cozy fire into a disaster. Smoke will build up, more creosote will accumulate, and your fire will waste a lot of energy trying to burn out all of the excess water in the logs. This results is less heat for your home and more work for you!

Learn more about storing and buying firewood below. Then, call us in to check out your system, so you know you’re ready for the holiday season ahead!

Storing Firewood

If you’re storing your own firewood, there are a few important steps you must take to ensure your wood seasons properly. First of all, keep in mind that you’ll want to store your wood for at least six months (preferably longer) to allow as much moisture as possible to escape. Next, you’ll need to cut your wood to a shorter length. This gives the water an easier way out and more of it will evaporate at a faster pace. It also helps to split the ends of each log.

Next, you need to find the best spot to store it. Keep it off the ground and in an area where it will get plenty of sun. If you have a shed that has a roof with open sides, this is ideal! The wood will be protected from rain and moisture, but still has the air space necessary to dry out quicker. If this isn’t an option for you, then it’s okay to store it in an uncovered space. Again, just keep the pile off the ground, and make sure you cover it with a tarp in bad weather.

Buying Seasoned Wood

If you’re not able to store firewood, you can purchase it. In this case, there are some things you should keep in mind to make sure you get the best pieces available. Seasoned wood will be lightweight, smaller in size, split and dark at the ends, and it will make a hollow clunking noise when smacked together. Avoid heavier, fresher-looking wood, as it will contain a lot more water and wind up causing you more problems.

If you have already burned unseasoned wood in your fireplace, it’s advised to invest in more maintenance throughout the year. Scheduling an extra inspection or sweeping will ensure that any extra creosote buildup is removed and that your home and family remain as safe as possible.

Call us in today, so we can set you up right!