There’s water in your wood – and that’s a good thing

October 05, 2017

It’s not something we tend to consider while we’re loading our wood stoves, or even when selecting which variety of firewood is right for us, but the moisture content of your hardwood is a big deal. That’s because moisture content affects heat generation and smoke levels, and majorly impacts how your distributor produces and prepares their firewood.

First and foremost, 20% is the magic number you want your firewood to boast when moisture content is the topic of discussion. It limits problematic smoke, while ensuring that your wood burns long and strong. The challenge rests with your supplier, tasked with ensuring that your firewood is best-in-class and resting at 20% moisture content. 

The ticket is in drying conditions.

Drying conditions are the make-or-break specifics of firewood preparation that separate the amateurs from the professionals. Things like splitting wood at a 6-inch diameter before stacking bark opposite bark, elevation and airflow, and strategic (but not overwhelming) tarp coverage are small details that make an enormous difference in moisture content.

We’re not in the market of freely distributing all our drying secrets, but rest assured that your firewood is measured using sound, touch, temperature, weight and more before arriving at your doorstep. The goal is best-in-class firewood, and you shouldn’t hesitate to ask your supplier what the moisture content of your wood is – it’s certainly a better alternative to shallow warmth and smoky air!