After cutting down a large oak tree in my backyard I ran into an unfamiliar problem. The entire tree was covered with lichen and moss. I had no idea if it would be safe to burn the wood so I decided to call a local arborist to find out. Here’s… Read More »Is It Safe To Burn Wood With Lichen On It?
If you burn a lot of firewood, there’s a good chance you’ll run into some moldy wood eventually. A little bit of mold on a stack of wood is pretty common. A wet natural food source is a pretty reasonable place for mold to grow. You can obviously light moldy… Read More »Can You Burn Moldy Wood?
After a long winter, here lies a stack of unused firewood that’s seen better days. After leaving the wood uncovered all winter, it’s starting to rot and decompose leaving behind a nasty mess. So what can you do with all that rotten wood? The good news is those old ugly… Read More »What Should I Do With a Rotten Wood Pile?
After a long day cutting and splitting wood you can end up with a lot of loose bark. It falls off throughout the day and really starts to accumulate. So after cleaning up your lawn and piling it all up, what can you do with the bark? Can you burn… Read More »Can You Burn Bark In a Fireplace?
I live in a rural area where I have to clear and deal with brush every year. The bigger stuff gets cut, split and stacked for my wood burner, but what should I do with the smaller debris? Is it better burn the brush or stack it up and let… Read More »Is It Better To Burn Wood or Let It Rot?
So you’ve just cut down a tree from your backyard and it’s covered in poison ivy. Before you clear it off and start cutting/splitting the wood pay special attention to this warning. Can you burn wood with poison ivy on it? Never burn wood with poison ivy on it! Burning… Read More »Can You Burn Wood With Poison Ivy On It? What About Poison Oak or Sumac?
Anybody that heats their home with wood spends a lot of time prepping for winter. Cutting, splitting, stacking, and seasoning wood is a year round struggle. You have to start early in the spring to make sure your wood is fully seasoned for winter and that might not even be… Read More »How Can You Tell If Firewood Is Seasoned?
There’s something primal about using a fireplace or wood stove to heat up your home. It’s extremely practical and can save a lot of money, but you have to know how to cut, split, stack, store and handle firewood. Storing your firewood in the summer is easy, but keeping your… Read More »How Do You Protect Firewood From Snow?
Taking bark off of firewood seems insane, but there’s a small community that choose to debark their wood. That brings up a major question. Why would anybody do all that work if there wasn’t a benefit? With that being said, should you take bark off firewood? No I don’t recommend… Read More »Should You Take Bark Off Firewood?
Firewood that’s left seasoning on a covered wood pile can get surprisingly dry. It lights easy, burns ridiculously hot, but the logs burn up fast. Seasoning wood is all about drying it up so it’s easier to burn, but that brings up an important question. Can firewood be too dry?… Read More »Can Firewood Be Too Dry?