Churchville residents are enjoying the chilly weather that this season has to offer in a variety of ways. Hiking, camping, and cozying up indoors are all on the agenda, and nothing says “winter fun” quite like lighting some firewood at the end of a long day. While firewood delivery from Lehnhoff’s Supply is sure to make things easy, there are a few things that folks in Churchville should know about the three S’s of firewood: seasoning, stacking, and storing.
Seasoning Firewood: What, How, and Why
Seasoning firewood is an essential step towards robust, clean-burning fires, but many people don’t know much about it. Freshly-cut wood has high water content, making it difficult to light. Green, unseasoned wood also typically contributes more to creosote buildup and doesn’t burn as warmly or consistently as seasoned wood. To optimize your logs and produce safe, strong-burning fuel, season your wood by splitting each log open, stacking it, and allowing it to dry for six to twelve months. Some wood suppliers already do all or part of the seasoning process, so be sure to ask your supplier about the types of products they offer.
Stacking your fuel correctly is crucial, both in seasoning it and storing it in the long term. There are all kinds of ways to stack fuel — some arrangements even look like small houses! — but any method that allows your logs to dry out and remain exposed to airflow and sunlight is suitable. Many people choose to store their logs with the outer portion (that is, the part with bark) facing upward. Arranging firewood with the bark facing upward (at least on the top layer) is thought to protect the rest of the woodpile from rain and moisture.
Storing Firewood in Churchville
Whether you buy pre-seasoned fuel or plan to finish the process yourself, storing your logs appropriately is crucial for hot and safe fires. Many people in Churchville keep their wood on a raised platform (a shipping pallet works well) with a loose tarp covering the top. People often tie their tarps down with bungee cords or ropes to keep them in place in harsh weather.
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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