There are few things as wonderful as a warm, crackling fire on a cold winter night. In order to be ready for those chilly nights, you’re likely stocking up on firewood. Firewood delivery makes things easy! As you stock up in Pikesville, make sure you’re only using properly seasoned fuel. Seasoned firewood is wood that has been thoroughly dried so that it is as safe and easy to use as possible, helping you create ample warmth on your Pikesville property.
Why Should Firewood Be Dry?
Wood that is not dried has too much moisture to burn efficiently. Anything over 15-20% moisture is considered too wet since the burning efficiency goes way down. Wood that has more than 20% moisture also produces more smoke and creosote than dried wood.
Seasoned Or Kiln-Dried Firewood?
There are two main ways to dry wood. Seasoned wood is usually air-dried; that is, it is stacked in a safe, dry area and allowed to sit for a long time, usually upwards of six months. If you cut down wood on your own property, this is the most likely method you would use to dry it. However, if you need wood sooner than six months, you’re going to need a different option. Kiln-dried fuel is cut wood that is dried in a large oven in about 75 minutes. The process raises the wood’s internal temperature to 140-160 degrees, which dries it out and has the added benefit of killing off bugs, mold, mildew, and fungus. Kiln-dried wood usually has a moisture level between 10-15% and is generally considered safer since there is no chance of mold or mildew or spreading an insect infestation.
Dangers Of Wet Wood
Using unseasoned or wet wood isn’t just about ease of use, although that is an important consideration for most people. Unseasoned wood can actually be dangerous. It tends to smoke more than dry wood, which could be a problem for anyone in the area with any breathing issues. Wet wood also releases creosote as it burns, which builds up in chimneys. Creosote can build up enough eventually to catch fire and cause a dangerous chimney fire. For high-quality fuel, work with a firewood delivery provider that you can trust: Lehnhoff’s Supply!
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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