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Or How To Properly Season And Store Firewood From Chim Chimney

Nashville, Tennessee, is home to long, cold winters, and there’s nothing better than a warm fire to stave off chilly winter weather. But the type of wood you use to light a fire is very important, as wet wood can be smoky and add layers of soot and creosote inside your fireplace. If you love looking forward to a warm fire in the evenings, it’s always firewood seasoning time. At Chim Chimney, we’re the local experts in chimney repairs, maintenance, and safety, and our team is here to help our clients safely enjoy fires at home. Use this handy guide to season and store firewood properly. Not only will well-seasoned firewood burn better, but it also helps keep your chimney in better condition.

The Importance of Properly Seasoning Your Wood

‘Seasoning’ wood is the process of drying out timber and wood so it’s ready to be safely burned in a fireplace or chimney. When wood is freshly cut, there’s still a lot of water within the cells. This unseasoned wood will produce a lot of smoke if you burn it. Also, sticky dark soot and tar—called creosote—will coat the inside of your flue. Creosote is dangerous because it can ignite in high heat or from stray sparks, increasing your risk of a chimney fire. 

Instead of using this green wood, you can systematically dry the wood so the moisture leaves uniformly. To properly season your wood, stack it in a sheltered nook or pile where rain and snow can’t reach it. Try to stack the wood in an alternating pattern so there’s plenty of airflow around the wood, with minimal risk of trapped moisture and potential rot. Proper firewood seasoning time can require over a year of exposure to the air. Want to know how to season firewood fast? You can shorten this time by rotating the wood to facilitate more airflow, storing it in a dry environment, and cutting very thick logs in half. 

Poorly seasoned firewood may still have water and moist sap inside of it. This will lead to more smoke and hissing. 

The Importance of Firewood Storage

Proper storage is especially important when the wood is still seasoning or drying out. It needs plenty of air, time, and protection from the rain. But even once the wood is properly seasoned, it’s important to have a strategy for storing your wood. Store your firewood following these key tips;

Importance of Regular Wood Stove and Fireplace Inspections

Burning the right type of wood is important. If you can, opt for hardwoods and clean burning woods like oak, and always make sure your firewood is properly seasoned. However, even with proper fuel, your chimney and flue can become filled with soot or creosote over time. 

Schedule an annual cleaning and inspection appointment for your chimney or wood-burning stove. During this appointment, a professional chimney inspector can check for creosote buildup, hazards, and potential damage from wear and tear or the elements. By proactively scheduling inspections and staying on top of small repairs and maintenance tasks, you can reduce the risk of fires and expensive repairs. 

Choose Chim Chimney for Wood Burning Stove and Fireplace Inspection and Maintenance Services

When it’s firewood seasoning time, it’s chimney inspection time. The team at Chim Chimney serves homeowners in and around Nashville with comprehensive chimney maintenance and repair services. Reach out today to schedule an appointment.

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