If you heat your home using wood, you no doubt spend a lot of your time getting ready for the long and cold winter months. Whether that means purchasing firewood from a reliable supplier or cutting your own, it’s a year-round task for many households.
In this article, we’ll take a look at the difference between seasoned firewood and green firewood and give you advice on choosing the best firewood possible.
What is Green Firewood?
The term ‘green firewood’ is used to describe any firewood that has not been seasoned and which has a high moisture content. If you have ever been forced to use green firewood to light a fire, you’ll know it’s a frustrating experience! Not only is it devilishly difficult to light and burn, but you’ll also be faced with an endless barrage of pops, cracks and sizzles together with thick clouds of acrid smoke. Not the best way to warm your home in the winter and the smoke produced can be a health hazard for you and your family!
Fortunately, spotting green firewood is quite easy. The wood will feel heavy and the bark will be firmly attached. The ends of the wood will also have a light color and feel damp.
Why Only Seasoned Firewood Will Do
For optimal and safe burning, always choose seasoned or dried firewood. Well seasoned wood will produce a fire quickly and keep it burning efficiently without the heavy smoke produced by green wood. Ideally, look out for wood that has been stacked and stored in a dry area and which has a moisture level of less than 20 percent.
For the best firewood around, come to ArborTech.
Our New England Blend firewood comes in a number of sizes including 10-12”, 12-14”, 14-16” and our most popular size, 16-18”. All firewood is tested for moisture before sale and we offer different sizes suitable for fireplaces, woodstoves and external use.
Give us a call at (413) 525-0060 or contact us through our website.