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How to Pick the Best Firewood for Long-Lasting Fires

Written by A. Borrelli Mechanical on 02.10.22


A warm, cozy fire is the perfect way to enjoy a cold winter night. But before you light up the fireplace, you need to pick and prepare the best burning firewood. Here are some things to consider when choosing firewood to burn in your home.

Only Burn Seasoned Wood

It goes without saying but the drier the firewood, the better it will burn. Seasoned wood is wood that has been dried to remove as much moisture content as possible. Freshly cut wood can have up to 45% water whereas well-seasoned firewood generally has a 20-25% moisture content.

Look for Hardwoods

Trees are either hardwoods or softwoods. Hardwood logs burn more slowly and for producing intense, long-lasting fires. A few hardwoods that are for burning include:

  • Ash
  • Oak
  • Birch
  • Beech
  • Maple
  • Hickory

Ask Questions

When buying firewood, be sure to ask the following questions:

  • What kind of wood is it? Is it hardwood or softwood?
  • Where do you get your wood from? Is the wood locally cut?
  • What is the cost per cord? 
  • Is it split and seasoned?

Store Wood the Right Way

When storing wood, keep these things in mind:

  • Don't let the wood touch the ground. This can expose them to ground moisture.
  • Stack a few inches away from the wall to allow airflow.
  • If kept outside, make sure the wood is covered by a tarp and raised off the ground. 
  • Store in a well-ventilated structure to allow air to age and dry your wood.  

Buy Fully Seasoned, Quality Ready-to-Burn Firewood from A. Borrelli

The best fires require quality firewood. At A. Borrelli, we provide locally sourced, and quality seasoned hardwoods, that are delivered straight to your home. Our dumped or pallet delivery is included in the price. 

Topics: Winter

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