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Tips for Safe and Efficient Wood Burning: A Guide for Fireplace Owners

Before burning wood in your fireplace, it is essential to have it inspected by a reputable company such as US Chimney Corp. Our experts can inspect your fireplace and chimney to ensure safe and efficient wood burning. Contact us for more information.

To minimize the expense and environmental impact of indoor wood-burning, follow these tips recommended by the American Lung Association:

Only burn seasoned firewood. Never burn painted or treated wood, plastics, glossy magazines, particle board, or plywood as these materials release toxic chemicals into the air, which can be harmful to your health and damage your fireplace.

Allow at least a year for your wood to fully cure before you burn it. This will give the wood enough time to dry completely. You can check if the wood is ready by hitting two pieces together. If you hear a sharp crack, the wood is ready to burn. If you hear a dull thud, it’s not yet ready.

Split your firewood into pieces with diameters of 4-6 inches. Wood dries from the surface inward, so splitting helps the wood dry out faster. The more surface area exposed to the flame, the better the wood will burn.”

By following these tips, you can ensure efficient and safe wood burning while saving money and reducing your environmental impact.