If you're lucky enough to have a fireplace in your home, 'tis the season to get it going! If you have a gas-burning fireplace, you can pick up a set of decorative, realistic-looking gas logs and be done. But if you have a wood-burning fireplace, you'd better make sure your logs are fireplace-ready before you throw a log on the fire.
Here's the 411 on heating your fireplace with wood:
- In order to reduce emissions, burn only well-dried wood. The drier the wood is, the cleaner and hotter it will burn.
- If you've decided to cut and split hardwood yourself, it needs to be air-dried for six to eight months before it can be used. Dry it in a location that's exposed to the wind and sun, with a roof over the wood pile if possible. Once it has only about 20 percent moisture, it's good to go!