It’s that time of the year: If you cut and store your own firewood, you’ve likely been hard at work harvesting logs for next winter’s fires. You know it takes about six months of properly storing firewood to have it seasoned — reduced to a moisture content of about 20 percent — and ready for your fireplace.

Once you have your wood chopped and split to size, you may be wondering how best to store it in spring’s wet weather. We have several tips for preparing your woodpile for your fireplace.
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Stack firewood immediately. Don’t allow your wood to sit in piles in the woods or in a field. This can allow mold to grow on the logs. Moldy logs can degrade your indoor air quality by introducing mold spores.

Your wood is fully seasoned once its moisture content has been reduced to 20 percent. Obviously, there is no way to measure wood’s moisture content, but there are some signs that your wood is ready to burn. It will have a grayish color, feel lighter and make a hollow “thud” when you bang two pieces together. Wood that is too wet will be difficult to light, “hiss” and produce a lot of thick, bluish smoke. You want to make sure your firewood is fully seasoned, as wet wood burns inefficiently and can cause a rapid buildup of flammable creosote in your chimney.

If you have any questions about preparing your fireplace for the fire-burning season, or about selecting the right wood for your fireplace, call the fireplace experts at FireSide Hearth & Home. We consider it part of our job to educate our customers on fireplace best practices.

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