Finding the right firewood for your chimney can be quite challenging. When burning firewood, it should be properly seasoned, meaning it should be dry and ready to burn. Burning unseasoned or wet wood could lead to creosote build-up in your chimney, thus causing a blocked chimney or even worse a chimney fire.
Dry Firewood for your chimney
Finding dry firewood can be somewhat difficult especially at the end of winter once all the firewood has been sold out, fortunately there are many reputable firewood suppliers in Johannesburg and Pretoria that should have stock.
How to tell if your firewood is dry
There are a couple of sign of dry firewood these include:
- The firewood is cracked on the ends, this is a sign there is very little moisture in the wood
- Using a moisture meter the firewood is below 20%
- The wood is lighter meaning the firewood would contain less water
On the other end, here are some signs of wet firewood:
- The firewood does not burn it just goes black
- The firewood creates a lot of smoke
- The wood is very heavy meaning the firewood contains a lot of moisture.
Unfortunately even with bone dry wood creosote is bound to build up and it is always recommended to have your chimney cleaned regularly.