Logging on

I have two wood-hungry stoves which I need to keep supplied with seasoned wood to provide warmth for at least 5 months between cold Autumn evenings and Spring time. Here is a summary of some of the things I have learned about wood for domestic fires over the years.

Burning unseasoned wood is a waste of time; the moisture content causes it to smoke and it leaves a sticky residue on the inside of the stove and chimney lining which can become dangerous and costly to remove. Unseasoned wood is also difficult to light and provides little warmth. On the other hand, seasoned wood lights easily, burns cleaner and gives off more heat.

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