Few things are as iconic of the autumn and winter seasons as sitting beside a warm, crackling fireplace. Wood burning fireplaces and stoves are often more efficient and cost-effective than gas or electric versions, but they do require that you keep a supply of firewood on hand, and that means that you have to know how to store it appropriately. When fuel is stored incorrectly, it becomes useless. In order to always have a usable supply of firewood on hand in Glyndon, follow these tips.
Split your Firewood
The first step (if you’re splitting your own wood instead of getting firewood delivery) is to make sure that your firewood is split correctly. You want the pieces to be the right length and width to fit in your fireplace or stove. You also want them to be triangular. Wedge-shaped wood has more surface area so that it dries more quickly. It is also easier to stack firewood that is wedge-shaped.
Stack your Firewood
Firewood needs to be dry to be useable, and this is achieved by letting it air out and protecting it from the wind and rain. How you stack the wood is essential here. The wood must be stored so that as many sides of each piece are open to the air as possible. Freshly cut wood should be stored in a windy and sunny location so that it dries more quickly, but keep in mind that some wood takes over a year to dry thoroughly. Firewood should also be stacked up off the ground. This will keep it safe from the moisture in the ground and also from insects, and it will help with air circulation between and around the wood.
Keep your Firewood Clean and Dry
Never treat your firewood with chemicals, like insecticides. These might make the wood burn uncontrollably or release dangerous fumes. It is important to make sure that the wood isn’t getting accidentally sprayed with chemicals as well – cover it with a tarp if you’re treating the surrounding soil or grass. Finally, make sure that your woodpile has a slanted roof to protect it from rain and snowfall.
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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