The Seasoning and Storing of Wooden Logs
Those new to using wooden logs for burning may assume that they can be used at any time. However, this isn’t always the case, and it’s important to ensure that the wood logs have been seasoned before burning.
It’s also important to ensure that once the wooden logs are seasoned, they are stored in the right way.
Is It Dangerous to Use Unseasoned Wooden Logs?
The use of unseasoned wood not only contributes to a lacklustre burn, but it also has the potential to increase the amount of creosote created in the chimney, which can become dangerous over time.
As such, those using wood logs for burning are advised to season fire wood or purchase seasoned wooden logs that are suitable for burning.
The less moisture present within the wooden logs, the less smoke that will be generated, which ensures the home remains comfortable and safe.
How to Season Wooden Logs
Although anyone can undertake the seasoning of wooden logs, it is something that requires spaces and patience. As such, those looking to take advantage of seasoned wooden logs may want to take advantage of a suppler.
Those choosing to undertake the seasoning of wooden logs themselves can find that the process can last between six months and one year, depending on the environment and how the wooden logs are stored.
Two saplings should be used to raise the wood stack away from the ground, and the person seasoning the wooden logs should also ensure that they’re not too close to the wall.
Wooden logs should be stored outside, as introducing them to the home could be problematic if termites are present within the wooden logs.
Knowing When Wooden Logs are Seasoned
As well as storing the wooden logs in the right way, there are other checks that can be made to ensure that the wood is ready for burning, including the following:
The Colour of the Wooden Logs: Wooden logs will fade and darken as the seasoning process takes place. As such, any wooden logs that have a bright appearance will fail to deliver a satisfying burn.
The Separation of the Bark: As the wood dries out, the bark will begin to separate. The less bark a wooden log has, the more suitable it is for burning.
The Weight of the Wooden Logs: The more moisture wood contains the heavier it will be, so reviewing the weight of the wooden logs over time ensures that those seasoning wood are given a better indication as to whether it is suitable for burning.
Storing Seasoned Wood Logs
As well as seasoning wooden logs in the right way, those looking to use wooden logs for burning also need to ensure that the storage of seasoned wooden logs is carried out correctly.
As with seasoning wooden logs, the placement of seasoned wooden logs should be outside of the home. Some may choose to store the wood in a shed, whereas others may want to invest in a dedicated log holder.
It’s also advisable to ascertain the age of each pile and ensure that the oldest logs are used first. Those looking to add some additional protection may want to place some tarp over the top of the wood log pile to ensure it is protected from moisture.
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