What’s Crackling? Winter Firewood Tips!

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There is nothing quite like the warmth and comfort afforded by a fireplace in the chill of the winter. Burning fires to supplement the heating of your home is not only a viable alternative to gas heating, but can also help you save hundreds during the colder months of the year. In an ideal world, using a fireplace to heat your Stephenville home would be as simple as throwing some logs below the mantle and starting it up, but economically, heating your home with firewood isn’t always as straightforward as it seems.

One of the first and most important parts of buying firewood is knowing how much you need. Firewood is typically measured in cords. If you plan to use your fireplace as a primary heat source this winter, your home could require up to five cords of wood a season. Those who plan to use it as a supplementary source, or perhaps only on weekends, can end up using half a cord. Purchase only as much wood as you plan on using for the season you’re buying in!

What is a “cord” anyway? The legal standard unit of measurement for buying and selling firewood is a Cord. A cord is typically a 4 feet by 4 feet by 8 feet stack of wood, but can be in any other arrangement that equals 128 cubic feet.

Now that you have your wood, the next step is seasoning it.  Fresh, or “Green” wood is made up mostly of water, making it hard to ignite and liable to cause a buildup of creosote, which can result in damaging and dangerous chimney fires. To season your wood is to make it ready to be burnt. Cutting your firewood into suitable sized lengths, splitting the smaller logs, and then air drying them for six months should yield perfectly seasoned results. Of course, for those who haven’t a clue how to heft an axe, pre-seasoned wood is available wherever green wood is sold.

Enjoying a warm fire in a new Stephenville home is only a call or e-mail away! Contact us today and find the perfect piece of Stephenville real estate for you.

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