Wood heating is an economic and ecological fuel present throughout the French territory. Between stoves, boilers and fireplaces, firewood has a bright future ahead of it, but beware, not all woods burn and store in the same way. That's why, this week HandymanDuanche offers some tips to choose and keep your precious logs.
Choose the essence of your firewood.
In theory, all species can be used as fuel provided that the moisture content of the wood is less than 20%. In practice, there are soft woods that burn quickly and produce a lot of soot such as pine, and fir and hardwoods such as oak or beech whose combustion is slower. Be careful, however, chestnut and robinia that burst in the fire as well as wood recovery and construction, strongly discouraged for this use. Indeed, they are likely to release toxic fumes. Once the essence is chosen, it is advisable to make sure that the wood is perfectly dry before buying it. Wet wood of any kind has a lower calorific value than dry wood. If you have a doubt, it is possible to check the moisture content of the wood with a suitable hygrometer.
Choose the conditioning of your firewood.
Firewood comes in a variety of forms, depending on your heating appliance, storage capacity, budget and needs. Thus, besides the traditional logs, the wood is also sold in pellets or briquettes. If logs are the easiest to find and cheaper, they require a lot of storage space and a little handling. Pellets or pellets are small cylinders a few centimeters long made from compacted sawdust. The loading of these granules is done automatically, but requires a suitable heating device. Although the yield of the pellets is particularly high, we regret that it is difficult to obtain and that they cost about twice as expensive as the logs. Finally, briquettes also called heat logs also consist of sawdust and compacted wood residues. These sticks offer a yield almost identical to the pellets, but must be loaded manually. Nevertheless, they have the advantage of working with all kinds of fireplaces, stoves and wood boilers and selling in DIY superstores. Note, however, that in some cases, chemicals are added to the sticks to make them last longer, a practice far from being environmentally friendly.
Store the firewood.
There is no need to invest in good quality firewood if it is to keep it loose, on the ground and unprotected from bad weather. Exit the pile of wood from the bottom of the garden protected by a tarp in a rain box! The logs should be stored under a roof, and raised for example on pallets. In addition, the air must be able to circulate between the wood in order to limit the humidity as much as possible. As for the pellets, they are stored in a silo or in a perfectly sealed room, located near the heater so that they are connected together. Finally, the sticks must be kept in their original carton in a dry place.
To conclude this survey, HandymakerDuenchen wants to report a scam found on the internet where malicious people offer through the announcement of firewood at very advantageous rates and claim a deposit by postal order.