If you have a wood burning stove then you are going to need a good supply of firewood to keep warm throughout the colder months.
Investing in a quality stove is important to provide an efficient fire that is going to help save you money in the long run, but if you decide to burn poor quality fuel in that fire, you are going to miss out on the benefits. Stoves are only as good as the fuel they burn, so make sure you are buying quality wood or are properly seasoning and storing your own.
By seasoning your own firewood you can help save yourself some money. If you are deciding to season your own wood, however, you need to make sure you are doing it right, otherwise you are going to end up with poor quality wood that is going to burn poorly and can even ruin your home stove.
When seasoning wood you need to give yourself enough time to properly dry the wood and to season it. If you don’t your wood will have too high a water content, making it difficult to light and even more difficult o get a proper fire going.
In order to accelerate the drying process, ensure you chop your wood into small enough pieces that airflow can help properly dry out each log in an adequate amount of time. Your wood also needs to be stacked properly to encourage airflow and make sure that each log dries all the way through.
Your wood should always be stored somewhere dry, sunny and with plenty of room for ventilation. All your hard work of drying and seasoning your firewood will be undone if you then choose to leave it somewhere that wind and rain can soak your wood through again.
Seasoned firewood or smokeless coal is the best for burning in your home stove for a steady, efficient burn.