Hearth Hacks: 5 Tips for How to Dry Firewood
When wood is freshly cut or exposed to condensation, it can retain up to 100% moisture. As mentioned in our Why You Need Firewood Protection blog, firewood needs to have a moisture content of 20% or less for safe, quality fires. Without the right drying conditions, this can take months or even up to a year to achieve. Do you know how to dry firewood quickly and efficiently?
With these helpful tips, you can have seasoned firewood that is ready to burn in half the time for hassle-free warmth all winter.
Tips for How to Dry Firewood
1. Start early.
While we’re here to help shorten your seasoning time, understand that the drying process for firewood will always take at least a few months. Seasoning time is largely dependent on the amount of firewood, your local climate, and how fresh your wood is. We recommend you split and stack your wood for drying as early as springtime to be ready for use the following winter.
2. Split Your Firewood.
This may seem like common sense, but smaller pieces of firewood, as opposed to larger logs, will dry much faster. In fact, “A whole log can take years to dry.” (Source: World Forest Industries) To save time, split firewood into halves or quarters and stack accordingly. For more info, learn how to split firewood here. [link to new blog]
3. Stack strategically.
When it comes to stacking your firewood pile, following a few simple rules can help speed up the drying process. Increase ventilation by alternating directions between rows and avoid stacking rows directly next to each other. See our How to Stack Firewood for Better Fires blog for more information.
4. Don’t over-cover.
While it’s important to block out as much moisture as possible, too much coverage is actually a bad thing. Air and ventilation is a huge factor in the drying process. Too much coverage prevents your firewood pile from getting that needed ventilation and actually makes the drying process longer.
When preventing moisture from getting into your pile, simply keep it elevated (with a firewood storage rack for example). This will keep the wet ground from seeping in (not to mention, help keep pests out too). For coverage, only use a tarp or cover over the top of your pile. This keeps the sides sufficiently exposed so air can flow throughout your entire pile. Once your pile is fully dried, a full-length cover (such as this one!) can be used for storing purposes.
5. Location is everything.
For effortlessly fast seasoning, expose your pile to as much as sunlight and airflow as possible. Stack in an open space (don’t lean it against your home!) that receives optimum sunlight and airflow. This will make all the difference in the seasoning process.
BONUS TIP: Try a firewood seasoning shed.
Surprise! Here’s a bonus tip for an innovative solution that surpasses all firewood drying techniques. A firewood seasoning shed produces dry seasoned wood 2x faster than open air drying. The translucent polyethylene fabric cover allows light in and retains heat, while a vapor barrier keeps excess ground moisture out. Screened vents allow for increased airflow and cross ventilation wicks away moisture to aid in the drying process. Depending on the size, a firewood seasoning shed can hold anywhere between a half a cord of wood up to seven cords!
For the ultimate way to dry firewood faster than ever, a firewood seasoning shed is a must-have solution. Check it out here.
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