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We have cords of it, 18 Aged Months+

Wood for burning in a wood stove must be “dry” to burn with maximum efficiency. “Dry” means the wood must be aged, so it is not “green,” and also not “wet” from rainwater.

When a tree is cut down, the wood is “green,” or saturated with water through the normal capillary action needed to keep the tree alive.Depending upon the exact tree specie, it can take well over six months of normal storage for the wood to “season” and no longer be “green.” If you harvest your firewood in late summer or early fall, you can cheat and speed up the seasoning process.

Seasoned and Aged Oak or Mixed Hardwood for Firewood

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The best firewood

The best firewood is of course the type that best suits your needs which can vary depending on whether you are cooking or using the wood for heat in a fireplace. There are many types of wood which are suitable either for the fireplace or for cooking. Here I will repeat some of the basic important principles that are important when choosing wood. After that is a detailed list of several common types of firewood and their characteristics.

Energy Content – BTUs (British Thermal Units) – This is a measure of how much heat is given off by a certain amount of wood. The hardwoods have the highest BTU content and thus are considered the best firewood for high, intense heat. The highest of the high include rock elm, sugar maple, and red oak. Softwoods, like white pine, basswood, green ash, and white spruce, are much less dense and thus do not burn as long with as much heat output.

Hardwood versus Softwood – Hardwoods are very dense. They pack more BTUs of potential heat energy per volume of firewood. Therefore they tend to be the best firewood types for heat and for cooking. However, they are more difficult to get ignited in the first place. Softwoods are less dense and also tend to be more resinous. This means they ignite much faster, and thus can be good as a starter wood to get your fire going. However, they tend to give off less heat and burn faster.

Some examples of hardwoods

Best Firewood – Ash, red oak, white oak, beech, birch, hickory, hard maple, pecan, dogwood, almond, apple (incense-like perfume, nice scent); high heat, easy to burn, no heavy smoke, overall excellent

Good – Soft maple, cherry, walnut; medium heat, easy to burn, no heavy smoke.

Fair – elm, sycamore, gun, aspen, basswood, cottonwood, yellow poplar (bitter smoke); low to medium heat, can be a bit harder to burn, medium smoke, ok for kindling but not as much heat and more smoke.

Fireplace Inserts

Tired of your heat going out the chimney?

If you are looking to get the most possible heat your fireplace is capable of, then a stove or fireplace insert might be just what you need.   An average masonry fireplace is about -15% efficient, sucking out more heat than it can produce.  A fireplace insert will improve your efficiency up to 65%, and some inserts will exceed this. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why adding a fireplace insert improves the overall efficiency of your fireplace.  For starters, a fireplace insert is designed like a wood stove, air tight and used with the door shut.  Your living room is no longer losing mass amounts of heated air up your chimney.

Also, inserts have an air draft control.   For this reason you get a more controlled burn, where energy and money is saved while creating less emissions.  No more heat shooting up the chimney because you are unable to control the amount of combustion air your fireplace is receiving.

Another great feature is that most inserts have a powerful fan system.  Some consist of one or more blowers, with some systems that are thermostatically controlled and heat activated.  Talk about efficiency!    Learn More…

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Whether your project is commercial or residential, Forever Young will provide you with a quality fireplace insert or wood stove and expert, to code,  installation.

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Norah Y

Need Advice – I want you to take care of the installation.
Hiya,

I just had a company quote me at $4500.00 for a fireplace insert! This company
won’t even let (strongly recommends against) me purchase an insert using my
Direct Buy membership?! Here’s hoping you can help me find a cheaper way.


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Forever Young

Norah,

We can help you out. We are often called to do Re-Instalations for DIY projects that went badly. If your fireplace insert is properly sized for your firplace, we will do an istall only. But keep in mind, for safty & efficiency, you need to have a fireplace insert or stove that is propery fitted for your space, BTU requirements as well as aesthetics.




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