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Tips for Choosing and Storing Firewood

By Randy Sample

September 29, 2019


tips for choosing an storing firewood from Arbortech tree services

Is there anything cozier than curling up next to a roaring fire? Getting your wood lit and burning hot throughout the evening is largely dependent on selecting the right firewood. 

In this article, we will give you tips on selecting the best firewood for your burning needs and provide suggestions on how to store your firewood so that every log gives you the best output and performance every time. 

Choosing the Best Wood For Your Fireplace/Wood Stove

As a general rule of thumb, the best firewood you can buy is seasoned firewood. You can tell if wood is seasoned by checking the ends of each log. If they are splitting and cracking at the end and bark is loosened, they are ready to use in your fireplace or wood stove immediately. Look for hardwood (oak, maple, cherry) that has been cut and stored for at least six months. This type of wood burns slower and gives off more heat than newly split wood. It also produces less smoke and pollutants than its green counterparts.

Though street-side and online ads can be tempting, it’s always wise to inspect firewood before purchasing, especially if you are buying in bulk and stocking up for the winter - use a company that performs regular moisture testing, like ArborTech! A We recommend ordering early to guarantee your firewood for those chilly winter nights. We offer an early bird special at ArborTech if you place your order before Oct. 15

For more information regarding optimum moisture levels, click here.

We recommend ordering early to guarantee your firewood for those chilly winter nights. We offer an early bird special at ArborTech if you place your order before Oct. 15

Storing Your Firewood

Storing your firewood correctly is key to protecting your investment for the year ahead. First and foremost, Mother Nature can be one tough cookie.  If you’re storing your wood outside, you will need to protect it from the elements as well as bugs and animals that might find shelter in your log pile. 

To protect your wood outside, use a specially constructed firewood rack, a weatherproof firewood cover or a combination of the two. Racks keep your wood away from moisture on the ground and a cover will protect your wood from the elements and prevent a variety of wildlife from making a home in or a meal of your wood. Indoors, you should keep a good supply of firewood next to, but not too close to, your fireplace or woodstove.

The Best Firewood Delivered to Your Door 

At ArborTech, our New England Blend of firewood is seasoned and we will deliver it to your door. We offer a number of different sizes including our very popular standard length (16-18”) which is suitable for most indoor fireplaces and outdoor needs. We can also supply smaller sizes suitable for woodstoves. Give us a call at (413) 525-0060, Option #3 or order online through our website by clicking here Easy Online Ordering.

Randy Sample

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