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About heating with wood…

Things to consider…


We sell firewood for heating, cooking (smokers), and camping. Please click on the recent blog posts below for more info and prices. We have years of experience selling and talking with people about firewood and would like to share some points to consider when burning and buying firewood.
The first and perhaps most important thing to consider is why are you burning? If the reason is to supplement your heating system or perhaps this is the primary source of heat for your home, then value will likely be your focus. Before we can honestly discuss value of the wood that you buy, it is important to consider the type of wood burning equipment you are using.

Fireplace

If you have a fireplace in your home and only burn wood when the power is out or when you have guests, then the type of wood doesn’t matter as much as how well the wood is seasoned. For impressing your guests or adding a little romance to a cold evening, a well seasoned hard maple or Osage Orange wood will develop a good amount of heat, be easy to light, and produce a lot of flame and sparks. The main thing to remember about burning in a fireplace is that most of your heat will go up the chimney and the wood will burn quickly, especially if you use a grate. Many people prefer light-weight woods that are less expensive, without regard to the amount of ash produced for this type of heating. A fragrant wood such as cherry or cedar also smells nice, although not great for making a lot of heat.

Wood Stove (or insert)

A free standing wood stove and a fireplace insert operate much in the same way. Most have dampers in the door to control the amount of air entering the combustion chamber (where the wood burns) and many have a blower that help to extract more of the heat and circulate it into your living space. For this reason you can reduce the amount of oxygen feeding your fire and slow down the burn of your wood. Because of the ‘closed’ combustion chamber, it is easier to light if you close the doors and let it build up heat. Woods that are less seasoned will burn well with a little more air allowed but remember, low burning fires and unseasoned wood will build more creosote in the chimney or stove pipe. If you burn daily, toss in a Chimney Sweep Log (CSL) once a month to help reduce the buildup. This type of wood burning appliance is very economical and convenient. And, if you have a hankering to watch the fire, you can open the doors and let it roar! You will want to feed your stove a good hardwood that produces little ash like White Oak. If you use Osage Orange in a closed combustion chamber, be careful because it can develop a tremendous amount of heat. The most disappointing fact about this type of wood burning appliance is that you still have to bring logs indoors (and the mess) and the heat is generally focused in one part of the living space. The smell of the unburned wood may be a factor when considering your firewood purchase, some types of oak wood are unpleasant to the nose.

Outdoor Wood Boiler & Outdoor Forced Air Wood Furnace

These appliances are expensive, but they are designed to heat the whole house. They are located outside, which keeps the mess out of your house and is safer when small children are a part of the environment. Generally, they are loaded with wood twice a day and heat a secondary medium that is circulated thru the living space. They have automatic functions that maintain a set temperature in the combustion chamber by adjusting the air flow to the fire when needed. When demand is high, the fire will burn hot and when the desired temperature is reached inside the house, the oxygen to the burn chamber is reduced and the fire will burn slow. Many of these units also heat the water used for sinks and bathing. What you burn in these appliances is not as critical as the others. You can burn old pallets, scrap lumber and even green wood after the initial fire is started. The Hardy Wood Stove has a blower on the combustion chamber so it will really eat some wood. For the most value with this type of heating, I usually recommend stocking up on fresh cut wood because the creosote is not going to be an issue on the short chimneys, yet the heat output will still be good. Green wood and round logs that have not been split will reduce your reload times as well. The amount of ash produced by the type of wood you burn in an outdoor furnace probably won’t matter much either as they are designed for easy removal while the unit is in use.

Whatever type of wood burning appliance you have, your personal preferences are key to how satisfied you will be with the firewood that you purchase. Frequency of use, smoke, odor, ash, amount of heat needed are all things you should discuss with your provider along with how much wood you will get for the dollar amount. Remember, pickup trucks have fenders inside the bed that take up a lot of space, which means less room for wood. Also, truck beds come in many different sizes so ask about the type of delivery vehicle and dimensions. We have seasoned hardwoods available from $45 to $325. With enough advanced notice, we can make custom loads of specific types of and/or lengths. Please view our Sales Page for more information on Firewood.