Firewood Seasoning Guide
Save Money and Increase Convenience by Buying Bulk Unseasoned Wood.
It’s a fact well-known to the bargain-hunter; buying in bulk is virtually guaranteed to save money. Delivery costs, packaging and administration are all reduced for the seller, and so they in turn pass that saving on to their customers. Less well-known to the buyer of firewood is that by buying your bulk wood unseasoned you can save even more.
It is not difficult to learn how to season firewood. All that it entails is providing the right kind of environment for your firewood to dry before use. First, the wood should be cut or split in order to increase the surface area for evaporation; this also stops bark trapping the moisture inside the log. Then it should be stacked on a dry base, with the sides left open to allow air to circulate and a roof to prevent rain from undoing all that hard work.
Log seasoning decreases the moisture content, meaning that you have a longer, more reliable and hotter burn-time, more of the wood is converted into energy, less smoke is produced and there will be less of a build-up of by-products on your stove or furnace.
Seasoning firewood for a spring and summer is enough to dramatically increase its usability and cleanliness of burn, but if you have planned ahead, then seasoning logs for up to two years will give even better results. By rotating the supply of logs so that as you use seasoned wood you replace it with unseasoned, you will always have ready-to-burn seasoned logs available.
It only takes a little bit of foresight to set up a woodshed in the winter ready for log storage when buying bulk unseasoned logs for use the next year. You will not only save money, but also gain the added convenience of having seasoned wood available as and when it’s needed.
To help you get started, Logs Direct offer a range of wood stores and bulk unseasoned softwood.