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All About Firewood

Prepping for Winter
Saturday, October 17, 2015, 12:35 AM

A good primer on the steps to procuring and storing firewood for the winter months.  A lot of great information in the following article. 

http://americanpreppersnetwork.com/2015/10/firewood-prepping-winter.html

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How to Stack Firewood

Preparing your wood stack for seasoning and drying
Monday, February 2, 2015, 6:22 PM

Why stack firewood?

Stacking is necessary to dry out wood that is not yet seasoned. If you have green wood that was recently cut, it must be dried to burn efficiently. Ideally, it needs to be stacked outdoors and in the sun if possible. You should never store green wood indoors. This can result in mold because of the moisture coming out of the wood. Another benefit to stacking is getting the wood off the ground so it can dry out faster. It's important to get good air circulation underneath and around your stack. Another great benefit to stacking, it looks nice and orderly compared to a big heap, and is easier to deal with when taking wood to your wood stove or boiler. » Read more

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Firewood Comparison Chart

Infographic
Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 6:12 PM

A simple visual chart to give you a better understanding of the heating and burning properties of various types of firewood.

http://campingsurvivalblog.com/firewood-comparison-chart/

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Three Quick Tips to Identify Dry Firewood

Making sure you use good wood for your next fire
Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 5:48 PM

A few tips to help find dry wood for the woodstove, fireplace, or in a survival situation.

http://www.survivallife.com/2014/01/20/three-quick-tips-to-identify-dry-firewood/

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Stacked Firewood

Preparing Your Firewood Supply

Choosing, acquiring, preparing, and storing firewood
Thursday, August 22, 2013, 6:15 PM

How to Choose Firewood

In most areas, there are a few preferred species, based on several factors: cost, availability, burn qualities, etc. The species that best meet each of these criteria will vary considerably in different areas of the country.

Generally, the densest (heaviest) dry wood will provide the most heat for any given amount of storage and firebox space. If convenient, the best way to shop for wood would be to figure out the cost per pound. This can be approximated by referring to charts showing the weights of various wood species. Another approach that will yield pretty much the same results is to compare various species' BTU ratings and use it to determine the cost per BTU. Note that this is not necessarily the same as cost per cord. Wet wood will need to be seasoned (cut, split, and stacked) for a year or two before you use it. » Read more

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How to Prepare Your Woodburner for the Heating Season

Maintenance tips for woodstoves and chimneys
Thursday, May 23, 2013, 8:11 PM

In the Pioneer days, it was a tradition/ritual to take the stove out to the shop, disassemble it, clean everything to like new condition, replace any worn parts or hardware, reassemble everything, and apply a new coat of stove black prior to reinstalling the whole thing. Even in today's faster paced world, this is still the optimum approach. Below is a list of maintenance steps and considerations to get the most out of your wood-based heating system and keep it safe and operating properly when you go to use it next. » Read more