Winter is on the horizon. That means it’s time to start thinking about stacking your woodbin for the fireplace. But, how and where can you find quality wood without overpaying for it?
Maybe you’re lucky this season with a freshly trimmed tree ready for chopping in your front yard. Or maybe you already have a good wood vendor and you don’t think you need any help. Think again.
Did you know that some woods are not safe for your fireplace and can actually cause a fire hazard? Did you know that some woods burn faster than others? There are actually a lot of things to consider when searching for firewood for sale.
Whether this is your first winter with a fireplace or you’re a seasoned wood burner, we think you’ll find some helpful hints in this article. Keep reading to learn more.
Tips on Finding Firewood for Sale
Before you go out and buy the first stack of firewood that you find, there are a few things you should be thinking about in order to avoid getting taken advantage of.
Know What a Cord Is
A cord of firewood is the standard amount of wood sold as a lot. It measures roughly 128 cubic feet at 8 feet long by 4 feet deep by 4 feet high.
You may also find face cords which are 4 feet high by 4 feet long.
Burn Seasoned Wood
Only purchase and burn seasoned wood or you’ll be wasting your money. Wet or damp wood will merely smoke in your fireplace and will not provide sufficient heat. If you find firewood for sale, even free, from someone advertising on Craigslist or a similar website, be sure to ask if its seasoned before putting down money or making the trip for pick-up.
Know What to Ask Firewood Sellers
When you start thinking about where to buy firewood, one of the first questions you may ask is whether or not delivery is available. You can also find out if the vendor will stack the wood upon delivery or simply leave it piled up in your front yard for you to stack later. If you’re picking the wood up on your own, you should ask if the vendor will help load it.
You can also feel free to negotiate on the price, especially if you’ve researched other vendors in the area.
Make Space for Storage
It’s important to think about how much firewood storage space you have available before you start stocking up on wood. You don’t want to have extra sitting out in the snow.
Determine What Kind of Fire You Want
Different types of wood create different types of fires. Whether you’re looking for a hot fire to warm the house or a quick fire to snap the nip out of the air, there’s a wood for that.
Hardwoods are dense and heavy meaning they will burn more slowly and with a higher heat intensity. This is also due to their BTU (British Thermal Units) rating which is the highest of all woods. BTUs define how much heat a wood gives off.
For a perfectly crackling fire during the holiday season, you may opt for a fir or pine. Both will provide a wonderful aroma to help create a warm ambiance in your home.
Don’t forget the fire screen for burning crackling fires in order to avoid sparks flying out of the fireplace.
Quick Burning Fires
Softwoods are known for burning quickly and cleanly. They also ignite easily which makes them a great starter wood. Beware that softwoods don’t burn as hot so you may add a hardwood for heat.
Know the Many Types of Firewood
There are many different types of wood to choose from. When it comes to firewood for sale, you can expect to pay more for certain woods depending on their availability in your area.
Hardwoods are generally great for burning indoors because they provide a lot of heat and produce minimal smoke. Not to mention that they’re easy to burn.
Almond burns similar to oak in that it produces a long-lasting fire without much ash. It also seasons quickly. As far as firewood for sale, this is a rarity but if you happen across it, almond is a good option.
Ash is considered one of the best woods for a steady fire with good heat.
Beech burns much like ash. It is a dense hardwood and thus produces a lively fire without much spark.
Even though classified as a hardwood, Birch is a softer wood and therefore burns faster.
Dogwood is extremely dense making it great for burning. You’ll find that it even coals well making for a warm ambiance and more heat.
Most maple has a good reputation for burning with fewer sparks and less smoke compared to other woods. If you find Maple firewood for sale, don’t hesitate to grab it up.
Named as one of the best woods for burning, hickory burns even hotter than oak and maple. It holds little moisture and therefore burns quite well.
Pecan burns with very little smoke. Many people prefer to use it for cooking and barbequing.
Red oak, like most oaks, burns hot and produces minimal coals.
Softwoods aren’t usually as popular for fireplace fires because they produce minimal heat and burn quickly. They are great to use as kindling.
Cedar is often used for kindling because it splits easily and lights easily then burns hot. Cedar is also good for crackling fires.
Touted as one of the better softwoods for burning because it produces a moderate amount of heat, the Douglas Fir is a great wood for fireplaces.
Spruce burns hot and sparks a lot so it’s not great in an open fireplace. It’s best used for kindling to get a larger fire started.
It’s important to remember that pine can create a significant amount of creosote which will ultimately cause fireplace fires. Only burn pine minimally and clean your fireplace right away.
Finding firewood for sale doesn’t have to be overwhelming and stressful. Now that you know what types of wood are best for your fireplace, and how to choose a reputable vendor, you’re well on your way to enjoying your fires this winter. All you need now is delivery.
That’s where we come in! When you’re ready to start stocking wood for the winter at your Denver home, don’t hesitate to contact us. We are committed to more than customer satisfaction. We want to be your firewood supplier for many cozy winters to come.