Firewood Tips – Costa Mesa, CA 

firewood tips– It is far more important that the fuel be dry as compared to the species – The more moisture in your wood, the less heat you will get from it. It takes energy to burn the water out of wood. This is energy that should be used in warming your house. 
There are some indicators of dry wood:
Color – look for grayness
Bark – a sure sign that firewood is dry is bark that is falling off the wood
Checks – as wood dries it will begin to split on the ends
Touch – fresh cut wood may feel wet on the end

– Do not burn any construction scraps of treated or painted wood, especially treated wood
from decks or landscaping ties. The chemicals used can release dangerous amounts of arsenic and other very toxic compounds into your house.

– It is important to thoroughly air dry, or season firewood because dry wood burns cleaner, creates less creosote buildup in chimneys than green wood, and produces up to 25 percent more heat than green wood. 
Follow these procedures for best results:

  Split logs larger than 4 inches in diameter. Small pieces dry faster than large pieces.
  If possible, stack the wood in a sunny, airy location.
  Cover the top of the pile with tar paper or plastic to keep wood dry.
  Stack the wood above the ground on a base of bricks or treated lumber to allow
  air movement under the pile and to prevent wood decay.
  Keep the firewood stack away from the house to prevent spread of insects to the house.
  Wood properly stored for approximately six months will have lost as much
  moisture as is possible in outdoor air drying.

– If you have access to a variety of species, learn to manage your woodpile. Save the more dense fuel for the coldest months and use the “lighter” wood for kindling fires and during the spring or fall when you don’t need as much heat.
Since the denser (heavier) woodshave the highest energy values you should choose from the high-density group if they are available in your area. Density is only one consideration,  however, since some woods are difficult or almost impossible to split. Others are difficult to dry and store. Some have unpleasant odors, and some just don’t burn well.

All you need to do is determine how much firewood to order then set up a delivery schedule by contacting Lumberjax Firewood.