July 28, 2014

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Get the most from firewood investment

Lindie Huffman, Agriculture and Natural Resources

Many Kentuckians burn firewood as their main source of heat during the winter. Others use it to supplement their heating sources. For many families that means purchasing wood. To gain the most from your investment, pay attention to the seasoning, density and quantity of firewood.

Seasoning is an important consideration when purchasing firewood. Ask if the firewood has been seasoned. Wood that is seasoned, or cured, was properly cut, split and stacked for about six months to remove enough moisture so it will burn efficiently this season. Properly seasoned firewood has a gray, weathered appearance and large cracks in the log ends.