Saturday, 12 November 2016

#7 ways to tell if your firewood is seasoned and ready to burn

Here is a short guide to help you to decide if your firewood is seasoned and ready to burn in your open fire, wood burner or stove.

The #seven tips have been brought to you by . . .
Jim Chim-in-ey : Your Dorset Chimney Sweep Specialist.


1 Look - Is my wood seasoned

Seasoned wood is ugly wood and will look weathered and discoloured. When you compare it to unseasoned wood. It's usually a off gray compared to its blonder prettier sister


2 Bark - Is my wood seasoned


Moisture helps keep the bark attached after she has been chopped. As you want the wood to be as dry as possible. If the bark layer peels off, it's a good sign she has been seasoned.


3 smell - Is my wood seasoned


Freshly chopped wood may smell great but it's the moisture that your smelling which is a good sign the wood is unseasoned. Seasoned wood has no smell.


4 cracks - Is my wood seasoned


When the wood dries she will start to crack allowing more moisture to escape.


5 Sound - Is my wood seasoned

Hitting two pieces of seasoned wood together or dropping the log on concrete should sound similar to a bowling pin being knocked down.


6 Weight - Is my wood seasoned

Unseasoned wood is carrying a lot of water. This makes unseasoned wood heavier in weight.


6 Moisture level - Is my wood seasoned

Seasoned wood in Dorset should have a centre moisture reading of below 20%. The only exception to this rule is if you happen to live in a wet county such as Cornwall where a higher moisture content such as 25% can be seen acceptable.


Moisture meter - Is my wood seasoned



A moisture meter is a great tool that takes away the guessing and will let you know the exact moisture content of your wood.
Below 20% = Ready to burn seasoned wood
Above 20% = Put the log back, shes not been seasoned enough.

There is many moisture meters on the market with prices starting from as little as £8.74 from amazon.
Here is a link to the meter I use to test my chimney sweep customers logs.
Amazon - Digital Moisture Meter


Recommended article: Why shouldn't you burn unseasoned wood in your fire?

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This article was written by Jim Chim-in-ey

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