Due to the recent skyrocketing oil fuel prices, many families are now turning to firewood as an economical fuel alternative. People going out for camps will also prefer using firewood to warm their surroundings when out in the cold. Those who locally burn bricks before selling them also prefer wood to harden the bricks. The reason behind all this preferences is that: wood is an excellent, environmentally-friendly fuel aside from being economical. It is also readily available and most significantly, it is a renewable source of energy. Many people would wish to use firewood but the daunting task is where to buy firewood.
Where to buy firewood is one thing that comes with a lot of things to consider. Some of these factors are; where you are going to burn the firewood, your current location, amount of firewood that you want, the status of the wood(species and whether you want it dry or freshly harvested) and the regional laws in your place. You have to put all these factors into consideration before determining the most appropriate place to buy your firewood.
Where to buy wood can broadly be categorized into three. You can buy wood online, from a forest nearby or from local firewood dealers. You have to be careful when determining where to buy your wood since some places would require that you incur transportation costs. The size of wood pieces that you want can also help you determine the appropriate place to buy wood since some suppliers offer wood pieces as in different sizes. It may be as ricks, truckloads, racks, face cords or bush cords. You first determine the size you want then choose your place to buy.
Online wood buying has to be given unique attention. You must have more details about the kind of firewood that you are buying. You should know the wood species so that you have an idea of the amount of water that it contains when cut which will help you approximate the time it will take to season thus plan when to use it. You should also prioritize suppliers within vicinity so as to take advantage of free home delivery.
Firewood transportation is another issue on its own. Some regional laws prohibit wood transportation as a measure against the spread of pests and diseases from one destination to another. When choosing where to buy your wood be careful lest you be blamed for causing spread of diseases and pests which can be harmful to you and your neighbors.
Another aspect to consider is the price at which each supplier sells wood as it varies from one to another. You should go for the cheapest price at the same time dry and quality firewood to have an efficient fuel. Remember cheap is expensive so be careful not to cheaply buy wood that does not burn.
In conclusion, determining the best place to buy wood is a daunting task that should be put into consideration. Choose the place that satisfies all your requirements and budget. I recommend that you choose the nearest supplier to save on transportation.
Wood pellet fuel is produced from biomass products and is made from ground up wood chips and sawdust which are the waste products from furniture and tress. As they are made form waste products, they are environmental friendly. Pellet fuels are quarter of inch in diameter and half to one inch in length. These are a very important fuel for burning stove. These pellets are comprised of pine or spruce. It is softwood having a high BTU viability.
These are good fuels as they have less ash content meaning that cleaner fuel is available to you for burning. Lesser ash is produced by burning these pellets and thus helping you by having to clean lesser ash. Homes can be heated with pellet fuel and a wooden pellet stove in winters. Only two tons of pellet fuel is used to heat an average home. These are cheap fuel. Wood pellets are vacuumed for cleaning the dust from them and it also has fewer emissions for the foreign debris and creates less pollution and more heat as compared to the other burning appliance. This fuel also helps to reduce our dependence on gas or oil. By using this fuel the carbon footprints will be reduced considerably.
The moisture content is less which is 5% to 10% as compared to the seasoned fire wood and shelled corn which have higher moisture content. Many wood pellets fuels have non petroleum or petroleum lining which is used as lubricants in the process of pellets production. Pellets that are made from agricultural waste low higher ash content and they produce more heat than the wood pellet fuel. Under the standards of PFI, there are two kinds of pellet fuel grades that are standard and premium. The prime difference between standard and premium grades are the content of inorganic ash. Standard pellets have less than 3% of ash content as compared to 1 % in premium pellets. Premium pellet are made of core wood and not of bark.
Many manufactures of pellet appliances are redesigning their appliances for burning pellets for varying content of ash. But for a reliable supply of pellet fuel you have to depend on the uninterrupted supply of the fuel. In many countries, pellets furnace has been used as a prime source of heating and the number is increasing day by day. Pellet fuel is more efficient fuel as compared to other fuels which are available today. The raw materials which are used for making this fuel is a byproduct which means that no plants or trees has been destroyed or cut to produce the raw materials. By using the wood pellets, the quantity of waste produced is reduced which is beneficial for the environment. It is a cheaper fuel and is used for compression process which makes them more efficient and is also cheaper for heating homes. Storing pellet fuel is not an issue as they can fit in small place of your basement or garage. It is not only efficient fuel but provides practicality in its use.
In most domestic homes, wood is the most natural and sustainable source of fuel. Wood drying is always an essential process if you plan to use it to warm your house on those chilly nights. Basic biology teaches us that wood, even when it appears naturally dry will always have a certain level of moisture within it. This moisture coupled with the natural saps of some wood varieties can often result in noxious fumes when burnt that tend to make the room feel stuffy and under ventilated.
What this effectively means is that wood drying is a critical activity so as to ensure those cozy evenings around the fire are not ruined by smoke.The method you choose for drying your wood is largely dependent on your surroundings. The outdoorsy cabin setting may offer unique firewood drying methods that wouldn’t be practical for the uptown loft resident.Here are a few methods that one can choose from;
Seasoning; wood seasoning basically, is the process of reducing the wet wood’s water content to make it fit for burning. IT is the easiest method for the reason that all one has to do is leave the wood for a given period of time in specific conditions. Seasoning will be an easier and faster process if the wood is cut into small pieces of about 10 to 15 inches. Cutting wood helps speed up the evaporation process allowing the wood to dry out within a short period of time.
Stacking: this method helps wood dry out faster but most people mistake it with heaping which is ineffective and slow. When you split the wood is small pieces, choose a spot where there is direct sunlight ans stack them in a single row. It is also advisable that you find an open area where the wind will blow through the pieces of wood. Do not stack the wood up against a wall because it will reduce the circulation of air.
Kiln drying; kiln wood drying involves the use of different sources of heat directly for instance with the use of a quartz heater, or indirectly where one can opt to set up a solar energy fan that will create a wind flow that draws water or moisture from the wood and vents it outside keeping it from being absorbed back into the wood. If one chooses a heat source to dry wood, ensure that there are no open sources of flame that could cause fire. In this method, drying degrade can be prevented unlike in the seasoning method where one cannot control the drying agents.
Wood drying, regardless of the method used, has it’s advantages in that it makes it easier to burn and it is also easier to carry unlike wet wood. Methods like kiln drying produce clean stacks of firewood due to the fact that it kills all bugs hiding in the wood and eliminates mold which will greatly reduce problems associated with firewood storage. This improves the general safety of your home and your family’s health as well. As opposed to wet wood, dried wood results in a warmer, cleaner and stronger fire and it uses less wood.