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How do you season firewood for best burning?

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Question: How do you season firewood for best burning?
Answer: In a nutshell, seasoning removes moisture. Removing moisture gives recoverable heat as opposed to letting moisture escape with heat in the form of steam. Removing moisture means an increase in fuel efficiency.

When you reduce moisture you also make wood easier to light and reduce the build-up of creosote in chimneys. You are well advised to season wood.

Here are several links to forestry forum discussions on firewood seasoning:

Discussion: Seasoning Logs for Firewood

Rule of thumb: Air dry split wood for one season prior to burning for optimum performance. An added benefit is that dried wood is also lighter and easier to work with during the heating season.

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