Has a tree fallen in your landscape? If so, you should consider harvesting it for firewood.
It’s not uncommon for a single tree to yield anywhere from one-quarter cord to one full cord of firewood. Furthermore, harvesting the fallen tree for firewood means you won’t have to worry about hauling off and disposing of the tree.
With that said, you should follow these five tips to get the highest-quality firewood from the fallen tree.
#1) Choose Hardwood, Not Softwood
It’s recommended that you harvest firewood from hardwood trees and not softwood trees.
Hardwood trees, such as oak, contain less sap than softwood trees, such as pine. Therefore, they offer better firewood that produces more heat and less resin-filled smoke when burned.
#2) Split Into Halves or Quarters
After cutting the tree into equally sized logs, you should split those logs into halves or quarters.
Why is splitting necessary exactly?
Splitting does two things: First, it facilitates the drying process by allowing moisture to evaporate out of the wood more quickly. Second, it creates smaller pieces of firewood that are easier to light.
#3) Store Off the Ground
You shouldn’t burn firewood harvested from a fallen tree immediately after splitting it.
Rather, you’ll need to store it outside so that it can dry – a process known as seasoning.
Don’t just store your firewood directly on the ground outside your home, however. Instead, store it off the ground, such as on a wood deck or concrete pad, where it won’t be able to absorb moisture from the soil.
#4) Cover It
You’ll also need to cover your firewood when seasoning it.
Without any form of cover, your firewood won’t dry out. Each time it rains, the wood will absorb some of the water. A simple and effective way to protect your firewood from the elements is to cover it with a tarp.
#5) Let It Dry for at Least 6 Months
Depending on the particular tree species, as well as the moisture content, it can take fresh wood up to six months to dry.
Neglecting to wait at least six months will result in damp firewood that’s difficult to light. All the moisture inside the firewood will restrict its ability to ignite as well as burn.
So, mark your calendar to ensure that your firewood seasons outside for at least six months.
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Thanks for the tips! I didn’t know you should let firewood sit for a whole 6 months! You learn something new every day!