Unlike green or “seasoned” firewood, kiln dried firewood has been dried in a high temperature oven. This not only removes moisture that normally makes firewood hard to light, but also kills fungus and pests in the wood – making it cleaner and last longer than any other firewood available. Visit Grizzly’s for firewood available for immediate take home use.
Cooking with firewood is a time-tested tradition that enables you to make the most tender and flavorful dishes possible, and the most passionate cooking experts know that the best cooking fires come from the best fire products. Our kiln dried firewood produces a cleaner-burning fire for any backyard pizza oven, barbecue smoker or other personal cooking application.
Nothing warms like a roaring fire. Built in an open hearth, campfire or heat-radiating stove, a wood-fueled fire stirs and creates cozy memories. But before you light the first log this wood-burning season, take the time to review firewood safety tips
Firewood Pest Problems
Even though insects may nestle into firewood for a long winter’s nap, never apply pesticides to cut wood. Most often pesticide products only cause insects to burrow more deeply into wood. Additionally, if you burn wood treated with pesticides, you risk releasing those chemicals into your home. For more information on handling firewood, read about the storing and aging process.
Avoid the Hairy Rope
Poison Ivy vines, which often wrap around trees, can have a woody consistency that looks ideal for burning. If you spot a hairy, woody vine on wood you’ve purchased or cut, cull the affected log from the burn pile. Don’t try to remove the vine and burn the log, sans vine. If you miss any woody roots containing poison oil, you risk developing the rash –including in your lungs if you breathe the smoke.
Store It Right
If you plan to store seasoned wood in your garage or outdoor workshop, make sure no open ignition sources are nearby. This includes tools such as grinders, torches or welders. Learn more tips for storing and seasoning firewood.
Only Buy Local Firewood
Many invasive pests or diseases that attack trees travel in firewood, including Emerald Ash Borer, Asian Longhorned Beetle, and Thousand Cankers Disease. Always obtain wood locally to avoid importing a new pest into your area. Most experts suggest not moving firewood more than 50 miles.
Firewood From Storm Damage and Wood Windfalls
It’s okay to season and burn wood obtained through storm damage as long as it isn’t rotten, diseased or treated with pesticides.
Here then is the only guide you’ll ever need to build the perfect fireplace fire every time. Spoiler Alert: you’ll be turning this fire upside down!
Step 1 – Clean Your Chimney
If this is the first fire of the season then you want to make sure you’ve cleaned out the chimney before striking a match. There’s no telling what kind of bird’s nests, leaves and other debris could have gathered over the summer. Best to have it cleared by a professional sweep.
Step 2 – Open Your Damper
Every fireplace has a damper. This keeps the cold air out. However, if the damper is closed when your start your fire then it will also keep the smoke in. It’s a rookie mistake.
Step 3 – Prime Your Flue
This is primarily for chimneys built on home exteriors, but it’s a step even veteran firestarters might not know. When the temperature drops, those chimneys can get downright frigid. That chilly air flows into your home when the damper is opened. To reverse the effect, light a rolled up newspaper and hold it up into the damper. You’ll know you’ve warmed up the chimney when the draft starts flowing up instead of down. What you’ve got then is a primed flue.
Step 4 – Keep Your Ash Bed
Yes, you should clean out your fireplace but leave behind a 1 to 2-inch ash bed for proper insulation. If you’re starting clean, don’t worry. You can either make a go without the ash for the first fire or “borrow” some ash from your BBQ.
Step 5 – Build Your Upside Down Log Pile
You read that right: upside down. The traditional method of building a fireplace fire is to place kindling at the bottom, light it up and then pile heavy logs on top. Forget that. Instead, place your heavy logs in the bottom of your fireplace. Push them tight together without any space. Add a layer of smaller logs on top running in the opposite direction. On top of that place your kindling. This can be the same kind of twigs, paper or sawdust. Light that. What happens next is those embers will drift down to the other logs and set them ablaze. This is why you want to keep everything tightly packed. You have to be a little patient with this method as it might take up to 20 minutes to get the fire going. Once it does start, you won’t have to touch it for hours.
Give this method a try and see if it doesn’t create that comfy atmosphere you’re looking for. By all means, share some pictures of your heartwarming hearth.