Late Winter Project

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Late Winter Project

I don’t know about all of you, but we are feeling the late winter blues! If you walk into any big box store right now, you’ll notice they are too! Seeds and lawn care equipment are all over the place!

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It may seem funny to start thinking SPRING when snow is still in the forecast, but if you want to be up and running when spring comes, now is the time to start planning!

Did you know that spring is the best time to stock your wood pile? And once you start thinking about accumulating any amount of wood, you will need to carefully consider where you’re going to store it. Not just any place will do!

Did you know that how you stack and store your wood effects how quick, long and clean your wood will burn?

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The EPA has a great online resource center called Burn Wise, that provides all kinds of helpful information for efficient and safe burning. They have provided plans for a simple and effective wood shed that you could easily build yourself (along with a rough estimate of what it might cost you in materials).

Plan ahead now and you could have a great place to stack all that wood you prep this spring so that you’re ready to burn next fall. (Click HERE to see the full specs.)

Not sure what to do to prep your wood? HERE is a great, short (<2 minutes) intro to splitting and storing firewood.

Other tips:

  • The best burning firewood comes from oak, beech, maple, walnut, elm and poplar trees. Soft wood takes about 6 months to dry, hardwoods can take up to a year.
  • Stack your firewood no more than six feet high to ensure easy access to the top logs as well as good stability.
  • Never stack firewood against a wall or directly on the ground. Good air circulation is necessary to avoid rot while wood is seasoning.
  • If you store firewood in your basement or garage, check it thoroughly for insects before bringing it into the house.


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