When the temperatures start to sink and the thermostats start to creep up, we get around to thinking about cozy night fires indoors or even outside. And fires need firewood. That begs the question: where should we get our firewood?
Let’s start at the beginning: the tree. After a tree is cut down, the wood is considered too “green” to burn. This wood does not burn well, if at all, and produces much smoke because of its high moisture content- after all, it was recently alive! Wet firewood is difficult to burn in home burners, fireplaces or fire pits, and prolonged use adversely affects the performance of these heating systems. For good combustion, firewood should have no more than 20 percent moisture content. For good burning performance, firewood must air-dry for one season or even longer. But there is a superior process other than letting wood dry for several months to several years. This is to dry out the wood in a kiln.
A kiln is a thermally insulated chamber, a type of oven, that produces temperatures sufficient to complete the drying process. There is no standard for “seasoned” firewood sold by typical vendors. Generally, well-seasoned firewood has a moisture content of about 30 percent, but that can significantly vary upwards from dealer to dealer- especially well into firewood season when many vendors run out of their best wood and start to sell a less seasoned product. Firewood dried in a kiln reduces that moisture content to between 10 to 20 percent. Kiln drying firewood kills bugs and fungus and prevents disease, mold, or mildew from growing on the wood during the drying period. This quick and efficient drying process also provides additional benefits to you, specifically when it comes to storage and burning.
The Benefits of Nels Johnson Kiln-Dried Firewood
Kiln-dried firewood is the cleaner alternative to traditional firewood. Grocers, retailers and even brick-oven pizza shops prefer this method of dry, sterilized, firewood. Yes, it is bug free, but it also provides the following benefits:
Ready to burn the day you get it; ignites easily and burns efficiently
Can be safely stored indoors. Kiln drying insures that insects, larvae, and mold are killed, making our firewood safe to store in your garage, porch, deck or living room. Who wants bugs crawling out of the wood sitting next to your hearth?
Less flaking bark and debris for tidier indoor storage.
Cleaner burn because it produces less creosote, which means fewer chimney and indoor air quality problems. Kiln-dried wood also provides a higher BTU (heat) output because energy is not being wasted to boil out moisture – you’ve heard the hissing sound of burning firewood that was wet.
Produces less ash and less smoke when burning.
Now that you’ve learned about the benefits and superiority of kiln-dried firewood, and why you should make Nels Johnson Firewood the choice for your family’s health and enjoyment, give our firewood specialist, Lisa Johnson, a call to place your order. We will deliver and stack your wood for you in preparation for all your warm and enchanting fires this winter.