Marylanders everywhere are starting to take out their heavy blankets and winter clothes, and Bel Air is no exception. These crisp autumn days and chilly nights are perfect for a crackling fire in the fireplace or a roaring bonfire outside. For some people living in Bel Air, firewood even acts as their home’s primary heat source. How much firewood do you actually need for the winter in Bel Air? Your answer will depend on a few factors, and this handy guide will walk you through them.
What is a Cord of Firewood?
First and foremost, those looking to buy fuel should know what a cord is. A cord is a unit of measurement used for wood, and it measures four feet by four feet by eight feet. In other parts of the world, firewood is sold by the cubic meter. Either way, people typically shop for fuel by volume. If a cord sounds like a lot of material to move and store, you’re not alone. Lehnhoff’s Supply offers firewood delivery to take some of the headache (and hauling) out of your purchase.
Firewood: Primary Heat Source or Occasional Amenity?
The frequency with which you light fires also plays a significant role in how much fuel you should buy. If your home relies upon a wood stove or fireplace as a primary heat source, you may need two cords or more to get you through winter. On the other hand, folks who only use their fireplaces or fire pits occasionally can likely get by with a single cord.
Storage Space and House Size
If firewood is the primary fuel source for your home’s heating system, the size of your home can play a big part in your fuel requirements. A 1000 square foot home will need significantly less fuel than one that is 4000 square feet. You must also make sure that you have the space to store whatever fuel you purchase. Firewood must be kept dry, and while it is often kept outdoors, homeowners must make appropriate accommodations to ensure that the material receives adequate airflow and moisture protection.
Questions? Lehnhoff’s Supply is Here to Help
If you still have more questions about how to best prepare your landscape or garden for summer and fall, the trained professionals at Lehnhoff’s Supply are here to help you. Find us at 2708 Belair Road, Fallston, MD 21047 and give us a call at 410-510-7646. For tips, tricks, and to see what we have been up to, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter!
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