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Firewood has been a popular fuel choice for hundreds of years and only reduced in popularity when the abundance of coal made it more affordable for the working class. With this said, many homeowners make the mistake of burning logs with a high-moisture content, which is both dangerous and ineffective. Read on as the team here at Denton Stove Centre go over a few reasons why seasoned firewood is so important…
How long does it take to season firewood?
In order to effectively season fresh firewood, it is important that the logs are placed above the ground and protected from external elements such as rainfall and snow, because they can actually prolong the seasoning process further. Depending on the type of wood and the moisture content at the start, seasoning firewood properly can take 9-12 months and the logs must be carefully attended to during this time.
What are the benefits of a low moisture content?
The seasoning process is carried out in order to reduce the amount of water that is found inside the wood. Ideally, this moisture content should be around 20% in order to burn an efficient and high-quality fire, however alternative seasoning methods like drying the wood in a kiln can reduce this moisture content down to 15%! It is important to ensure that logs are adequately seasoned before use as excess water will cause the fuel to burn ineffectively, producing a fire that doesn’t last as long and doesn’t reach high enough temperatures.
Is it dangerous to burn unseasoned wood?
Burning wet firewood may not seem like it will do much harm, however unseasoned logs can be incredibly dangerous. After all, the water vapour inside will combine with the carbon dioxide that is released during combustion and create a thick substance known as creosote within the chimney at a much faster rate than normal. Since this material is highly flammable and can reduce the width of a flue if not regularly removed, it can put homeowners in more danger than they realise.
Here at Denton Stove Centre, we want our clients to use their woodburning stoves as effectively as possible which is why we emphasise the importance of well-seasoned firewood at every opportunity. After all, first-time stove owners tend to make easily avoidable mistakes when it comes to choosing and utilising their fuel. To find out more information about the correct way to use a woodburning stove, get in contact with the best stoves Manchester has to offer and speak to a member of the Denton Stove Centre team today!
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