A Guide to Selecting, Splitting and Storing Firewood
For wood-burning fireplaces, splitting and storing firewood is an important skill to know.
In this article, we have discussed all these things in greater detail. If you have no prior idea of the aforementioned skills, you may benefit tremendously from this guide provided below. So let’s begin without further ado.
1. Select your firewood
You have two options here and those are:
· You can either get your wood on your own.
· You can purchase firewood from a credible firewood dealer.
If you are getting your wood on your own
If you’re getting your wood out of a fallen tree, you need to keep a few things in your mind to get the best possible results.
First things first, it’s the timing. It’s better to start on the job at least 6 months ahead of your schedule (times when you plan to burn the same). The ideal time is the early spring months. This will ensure that your wood gets the maximum drying time for the winters when you need them the most.
Secondly, try to keep the ends of the logs as flat as possible so that you can split them easily at times of your need.
Thirdly, avoid cutting though tree knots. This makes splitting difficult.
Follow the aforementioned tips and you’ll be set for sure.
If you are purchasing firewood from a seller
It’s the more convenient option and hence, it comes at a price.
You can even order firewood online. Just Google terms like logs firewood in Havant and you may very well get the results that you are looking for. The prices usually stay reasonable round the year barring the winters.
It has been commonly seen that wood vendors tend to up the firewood prices during the bitter cold months of the winter. Hence, it’s always advisable to plan ahead of schedule.
A few more things that you should know:
· Firewood is normally sold in cords. A cod of firewood usually measure around 128 cu. ft. when stacked.
· Firewood usually comes in the form of softwood, redwood and hardwood. Softwood and redwood burns quickly. Hardwood takes a little bit more time to turn into ashes. So make your choice wisely.
2. Splitting firewood
We’ll provide you with the steps in a systematic order for better explanation. Let’s begin.
· Starting with the prep work
The first thing that you should do is to make sure that you have enough space for the job. It’s always advisable to choose an open outside area that is less accessible to people in general. Then choose a flat surface and put down your chopping block to allow for good footing.
· Measuring logs
You need to measure your logs and cut them to your desired length so that you can split them easily in due time.
· The swing
The first technique that you should know about chopping is to keep both your hands firmly on the handle of your axe.
Now, keep both of your hands straight in a swinging position and estimate the distance between yourself and the wood. Then bring down the axe with all your might. Do note that your axe should enter the wood horizontally. If it doesn’t, reposition and do accordingly.
· A few more chopping tips
Your axe should be aimed at the centre of the wood during your swing and you should also try to split the wood along its grain.
In many cases, you will see that the wood doesn’t split completely. This usually happen in larger chunks of wood.
In such situations, pick up the unfinished chunk of wood with the handle of the axe (if possible), turn the axe over and then hit the chopping block again with the reverse side of the axe. The backward pressure often finishes the split in matter of a second.
Point to remember: Always wear protective gear during the aforementioned work
3. Storing firewood
After the split part’s done and dusted, you need to stack your firewood well and that too in an organised manner. Then you should leave them to dry in moisture-less environment; preferably for 6 months straight before you use them for your fireplace or other wood-burning purposes.
Freshly cut woods usually have high moisture content. The aforementioned storage process is hence advisable to get the best results over time.
So that’s pretty much it then. It’s time we sign off for the time being. Hope you found the guide exceptionally handy for your wood splitting and storage purpose. Ciao!