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Preparing Wood Stove Fuel

Author : Gerald Nevels

Submitted : 2009-04-15 21:27:13    Word Count : 522    Popularity:   391

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When choosing wood for your winter reserves, you should take into consideration the different species of wood. Hard wood usually is the most desirable, when you have a choice, such as maple or oak. These species are denser or harder and will have higher heat value available to produce heat due to the density of the wood. Hard woods will also burn for longer period of time which will produces better bed of coals. When you stock your fire before going to bed the hardwoods will smolter longer to give you the longest overnight burns. So you awaken you don't have to begin fireing a cold stove. Cold stoves take a considerable amount of time before it will begin to produce heat. Definiately not the best way to start your day.

Softwood species of trees such as pine, firs, and spruce, still have a good heat value, but it will be necessary to refuel more fequently and have a stock a larger supply of fuel to compensate for the difference in the heat value per stick of wood. Normally the soft species of wood are ideal when the weather has moderated and there is less demand for heat. The shorter burn times can be an advantage, as the fires will start easier and cool off quicker for those warmer days. However with the advance of the newer stoves with advanced technologies, softwood will now burn better than the older stoves, as the combustion airs are more controllable.

Preparing your wood for your wood stove needs to start in the spring of the year that you want to burn the wood. Wood, after it is cut and split must go through a drying or aging process. When wood is first cut down from a live tree, called green wood, the moisture content is any where from 40 to 60%. Where as seasoned dry wood needs to be down to 12 to 20% moisture content. When you try to burn green unseasoned wood, you will normally see moisture bubbling or steaming out of the sticks of wood. The heat that is produced from green wood will go toward drying out the moisture in the wood instead of producing heat. This is a huge waste of energy and resources. You might as well turn on those expensive gas, electric, or oil heaters as they will operate efficiently and will be cheaper to operate.

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