Spring Time is Firewood Time!

As the weather warms, many are delighted that they no longer need to heat their home. Smart consumers, however, are doing more than heaving a sign of relief; they are getting a step ahead of next winter’s fuel costs by buying or gathering firewood now to use in their fireplaces and woodstoves next winter.
Buy your firewood in the spring, stack it immediately so it does not develop mold and so that the sun and air have a chance to dry it completely before you need it in the fall.
1. Understand what a cord is. A cord of wood is a stack of wood that measures 4 feet high by 4 feet wide by 8 feet long and totals 128 cubic feet in all. This cord measurement is standard regardless of what area of the country you live in.
2. Know the length of wood your wood stove, fireplace or fireplace insert can burn. The standard length of firewood for a wood stove or insert is 16 inches, although some larger wood burning units can take wood as large as 20 inches or more. Make sure when you order your firewood you request the right length.
3. Request all hardwood, preferably oak, maple or elm, from your firewood dealer when you buy your firewood. Hardwood burns longer, generates more BTUs of heat and produces longer lasting coals.