Firewood has been used by people since the beginning of time as a fuel to provide warmth and as a fuel for cooking. Recently as the cost of other fuels increase, and as technological advances in firewood burning technology grow, firewood burning is becoming a more socially responsible option. I am advised that firewood burning, if done properly is carbon neutral. Check out this information for some more about woodburning.
The commercial market for fireplace wood and woodstove wood is relatively immature which combined with its difficulty and high cost to manufacture and transport creates a challenging enterprise. Woodstove efficiencies have improved resulting in increased wood burning and naturally firewood demand is increasing as well as.
Wood for burning as fireplace wood or woodstove wood is available from a number of different providers throughout the year. However many firewood services only operate part time and are not interested in maintaining a loyal customer base. Having said this, these companies often deliver unsuitable fireplace wood to people who expect to be able to burn their wood immediately. This problem peaks with the peak of the burning season as fireplace wood users demand woodstove wood ready to burn and are often misinformed about how dry their wood will be.
Prices are subject to variation within our geographical region based on order quantities, overall contract size, duration, time of year, delivery distance and time. Other factors affecting price can sometimes be related to how the firewood is obtained ie legally or stolen. As a result customers are not always able to rely on what they will be receiving. This can result in prices significantly below those quoted by our company.
When properly burned,fire wood can be a great heat source during the winter months. Wood burns in three phases: 1- evaporation of water 2-burning of volatile gases3- and combustion of charcoal.
Wood must be dry before it can burn. This is accomplished either in your woodpile or in your wood stove. If you are burning green wood, as much as 50% of the total energy in the wood is used up to dry the wood. Properly dried wood can reduce the water content up to 50%, meaning less energy is wasted on water evaporation, more energy is released to heat your home and you have less smoke. Burning of volatile gases and the tar-like droplets of carbon, oxygen and hydrogen occurs at temperatures near 600ºC. The high temperatures create charcoal, almost pure carbon. Hotter fires undergo more complete combustion, reducing the amount of unburned materials being emitted to the atmosphere. Charcoal is burnt and reduced to ash, producing light coloured, transparent smoke.
Burn efficiently by using dried wood, and keeping the fire burning hot.
Dry wood makes sense.