The kids are heading back to school; the days are getting a little shorter; the nights a little cooler. Sure, there is still some summer left, but you can’t deny- we are heading toward fall! And it’s about that time of year, to start getting ready for chillier temperatures! Sweater season is heading this way, and what better way to stay the cold, than a nice warm fire?? It’s time to stock up on your winter firewood!!!
What Makes Good Firewood
You might think that all wood is created equal when it comes to fires, but if you want a hot fire that burns cleanly, you’re going to have to be careful about what you burn! Woodheat.org is a great resource for all your firewood questions; they recommend dry hardwoods. Wood that has been drying for about a year, is considered “well seasoned,” and it going to burn much hotter and with less smoke!
Where to Get Your Firewood
If you haven’t already got your firewood cut and drying, it is probably too late in the game to do it yourself. But don’t worry! There are some great local spots to get all the logs you need! Keep in mind that New York State prohibits moving firewood more than a 50 mile radius; for more info on transporting firewood check out their regulations here.
Here are some local vendors who can hook you up! You’ll want to call ASAP, as they’ve been known to sell out!
Pittsford Woods Firewood
Pittsford Woods has been serving the area for over 40 years! They will deliver and stack all the seasoned firewood you need! They use a variety of hardwoods, and have affordable prices!
Genesee Valley Timber & Stone
Genesee Valley is another great option! Also delivering hardwoods for your fireplace or wood burning stove! They have a great sustainability program, so you can be assured that you’re doing your part to keep trees in New York State!
How to Store Your Firewood
You want your wood to stay nice and dry all winter long; indoor locations are best- think a dry shed or your garage!! If you don’t have an indoor spot, outside will be fine, but you’ll want to keep it raised off the ground & covered with a tarp. Most home improvement stores sell storage systems for your logs, or if you are feeling handy, you can build your own rack! For more tips, check out this great wiki article!
And, while you’re thinking about stocking up the wood pile, it is never too early to make sure your fireplace & chimney are in tip-top shape! The U.S. Fire Administration says that 36% of all rural house fires are a result of fireplace accidents! Soot and cresote can build up in your chimney, and that’s a recipe for disaster! Have your fireplace looked at by a professional:
What do you do to keep warm in the fall??
Pittsford is a great community for people who love having all 4 seasons! Want to call Pittsford home? We’d love to help! Contact Christina today!