Frequently Asked Questions:
How much is in a cord?
-1 cord stacked measures 4' x 4' x 8' or 128 cubic feet.
-3/4 cord stacked measures 4' x 4' x 6' or 96 cubic feet.
-1/2 cord measures 4' x 4' x 4' or 64 cubic feet.
-1/4 cord measures 4' x 4' x 2' or 32 cubic feet.
How much should I order?
-Depending on the frequency of your burning and size of area to store firewood are key factors. A full cord can last the entire season if your burn a fire 3-4 times per week. A 1/2 cord can last the entire season if you burn a fire 1-2 times per week. Our most popular order is 1/2 cord.
How should I store my firewood?
-Stack your firewood with a supporting base at least 2-3 inches off the ground. The greater the amount of area exposed to the air, the more rapid the drying process.
Store your firewood outdoors and cover the top only allowing open air flow to the sides and bottom. Also keep some firewood inside the garage and inside the house in cold winter months.
How much firewood should I keep inside the house?
-Keep a 3-4 day supply inside the house. Cold wood brought in from outside will cool the fire too much.
What is the best way to build a fire in a fireplace?
A fire constructed with perfect form and bone-dry materials will still fizzle out if you don't understand the role of the flue. The flue is the channel inside the chimney or stovepipe that circulates air and creates a draft, thus feeding the necessary oxygen to the fire.
The flue is kind of a valve or doorway that opens or shuts off the air flow though the chimney, known as the damper. A handle opens and closes it, and that's usually located in the fireplace near the bottom of the chimney. For wood stoves, there's usually a handle located on the side of the stove, towards the top and at the back. Take a flashlight and familiarize yourself with the operation of your dampers and the position of it's handle or chain when it's closed or open. This will prevent the unnecessary smoke-outs and beeping smoke detectors that inevitable follow careless damper operation. Once you know the operation of your flue and damper, it's time to build a fire.
There are three steps to building a fire and certain materials that you need. The three steps are preparing the materials, setting up the fire (building a fire), and lighting and maintaining the fire. The necessities for building a successful fire are 4 to 7 sheets of newspaper, two to three handfuls of dry kindling about an inch thick and 12-18 inches long, 4 to 5 logs of firewood that have been split and seasoned, long wooden matches or a butane lighter, and a fireplace screen. Place the sheets of newspaper in the center of your fireplace grate. Place the kindling on top of and around the newspaper, leaving enough room for the newspaper to receive oxygen.
Then place two of the big logs on either side of the newspaper and kindling structure. Then just use your matches to light the newspaper and the kindling should start right up. Keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn't go out and make sure that the big logs start burning. When that happens just relax and enjoy your blaze.