Here at Pearson Fuels, we stock a range of firewood fuels in order to allow our wood-burning clients to find the most suitable product for their burning requirements. In fact, our imported wood and kiln dried logs come pre-seasoned so that homeowners are able to reap the benefits of a high-quality fire immediately after purchase. Read on as we go over some of the dangers that burning unseasoned firewood can present…

Does a lot of moisture affect the efficiency of a fire?

When firewood is heavily saturated with water, it makes it very difficult to burn. In fact, some homeowners may find that wet firewood will not even hold a flame at all. As a result, logs that do light will not burn as efficiently because a lot of energy is wasted removing the moisture from the wood during combustion, resulting in a shorter lasting and much cooler fire output.

Can unseasoned firewood cause creosote build-up?

The moisture that seeps into the crevices of unseasoned firewood will turn into ‘water vapor’ when it is burned and combines with the toxic gases created during combustion as they travel up the chimney. Due to the high levels of moisture, the gas is more likely to condense faster, creating a dangerous substance known as creosote at a much faster than normal rate. Eventually, creosote will harden and may put homeowners in danger because it is highly flammable.

Will moisture reduce the ventilation of toxic gases?

Since creosote levels tend to build-up at a faster rate when unseasoned logs are burned, the ventilation of a property can be affected considerably. After all, dangerous gases like carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide are removed from a property via the flue, however, thick creosote deposits can reduce the width and prevent them from being effectively dispersed. As a result, the gases can remain inside the property where homeowners will inhale them.

The seasoning process can take 9-12 months to complete and requires round-the-clock care in order to ensure that moisture is not able to seep back into the logs. As a result, many homeowners choose to purchase pre-seasoned wood for their winter burning needs. Here at Pearson Fuels, we may be known as the best coal merchants on the market but our range of kiln dried logs come with an impressively low moisture content that will provide safe and efficient fires. To find out more information, get in contact with a member of the Pearson Fuels team today!