Burning the Right Wood

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Many factors play a part when it comes to the overall quality of the wood you burn. All wood, regardless of the species, has about the same energy content per pound. The different species vary only in density. The more dense a species of wood is, the greater the heat value or BTUs created per cord. Hard wood (oak, maple) will burn longer and produce more heat than softer woods (pine, birch). Ultimately it is more important to have wood that is cut, split, stacked and dried properly than it is to get the hardest wood available.Seasoning or drying your wood prior to burning is a key ingredient to a high efficiency, low emissions fire. Depending on the species, wood should be cut, split and allowed to dry under cover for six months to two years.

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