TIPS FOR STORING LOGS FOR YOUR STOVE
Tips for Storing Logs for Your Stove . It is advisable to store a supply of logs for your wood ...

TIPS FOR STORING LOGS FOR YOUR STOVE

Tips for Storing Logs for Your Stove
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It is advisable to store a supply of logs for your wood burning stove, unless you are planning to only use occasionally, and are prepared to pay for seasoned logs each time you wish to use. Some wood can take up to 2 years to dry and so preparing logs is a long term project, which needs to be done right.
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Using dry wood will help ensure a better burn, less emissions, and a fire, which is much easier to light. Fresh wood will have a moisture content of around 50%, where as dried wood will have a moisture content of around 10-20%.

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If you burn 10kg of dry wood with a moisture content of 10% then you have evaporated 1kg of water, as opposed to unseasoned wet wood, which could have a moisture or water content of 50%, where you would have to evaporate 5kg of water. It is the wasted energy of having to evaporate the additional water, which impacts on the performance of a fire.
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Where to store your firewood?
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As a general rule, freshly cut wood should not be stored inside. Although firewood should be bought inside one day before it is to be burnt. Outdoor woodsheds are ideal for storing wood although not all households have the space for this.  If you don’t have a woodshed then ensure where you store the wood, is in a dry, well ventilated area, which is protected from dampness and rain. You should also allow air to be able to flow in, under and around the logs.
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You should not stack wood against walls under the eaves as this could increase the risk of fire. Car garages are not ideal for storing wood. Firewood should also not be stored directly on top of the ground without supporting logs, as this can trap moisture. The key to successful storage and seasoning of logs, are ensuring they are kept dry, and have adequate air circulating around them.

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