Want to chop less wood and/or spend less money buying firewood this winter? You can reduce the amount of wood you burn by learning how to burn more efficiently. The EPA's Burnwise Program has a lot of great information about this. Spend some time checking out their website, and see if you can learn how to build a better fire.
Here are a few tips:
- Use only seasoned, dry wood (make sure you keep your wood pile off the ground and cover it up to keep it dry).
- Use kindling to start your fires, never use trash or paper.
- Remove ash often.
- Burn hot fires.
- Check your chimney to make sure there is not too much smoke coming out. If there is a lot of smoke, you may need to have a hotter fire and check to make sure your wood is dry.