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What Is Seasoned Firewood? Why Is It Important?

If you own a wood-burning fireplace, then you’ve probably heard that using well-seasoned wood is important when building and maintaining fires. Unfortunately, not everyone knows what seasoned wood looks or feels like Many also underestimate how damaging using bad fuel can be. Well, we’re here to set the record straight! If you’re concerned about what is burning in your fireplace, keep reading to get the facts.

What “Well-Seasoned” Means

What is Seasoned Firewood and Why is it Important - Auburn AL - Top Hat Chimney SweepsWhen wood is seasoned, it means that it has had adequate time to dry out. When you cut fresh wood, it still contains a lot of moisture and if you try to burn through all that extra water, you’ll end up wasting a lot of energy. This results in less heat, more smoke, and a lot of acidic fumes entering your chimney.

This lack of efficiency isn’t worth it, and you’ll also notice a greater increase in creosote build up. The more creosote and other debris accumulates, the more dangerous it is to use your fireplace. Those with larger deposits will be at a higher risk for chimney fires, which are known for breaking down the structure of your chimney significantly and putting your home at greater risk.

As you can see, using seasoned wood can make a big difference in the long run! Along with avoiding wetter, fresher wood, we strongly advise against throwing any type of trash into your garbage. It can be tempting to toss in paper plates, plastic cups, and similar items, but these really take their toll on your system’s interior. Play it safer and burn smarter!

Seasoning Your Own Wood

If you have the space and time to season your own wood, this is always the best option. You’ll know for certain that the fuel you use is good to go and safer to use, allowing you peace of mind and a more relaxing burning season all around. So, how does one go about this process?

Well, proper storage is key. You’ll want to make sure your woodpile is off the ground, and it’s important that the top of it is covered too, to avoid rain or snow exposure. That being said, air needs to filter through to ensure water can dry up as quickly as possible, so a shed with open sides is ideal. This will also allow your woodpile plenty of sun exposure, so things can dry up faster.

Finally, give all wood at least 6 months to dry out. The longer you can let it sit, the better!

Do You Buy Your Fuel?

If seasoning your own wood isn’t a good option for you, buying it is the next alternative. You know by now how important it is to use only seasoned wood, so what traits can you look out for to ensure you’re getting a good product? Well, seasoned wood will be lighter weight, split and dark at the ends, and it should make a hollow noise when clunked together. It will look less fresh, as well. If the logs are shorter, this is a good sign, too.

Need some help? We’re here for you! Schedule an appointment with Top Hat Chimney today!

Water Damage & Your Chimney

There are lots of things that can cause damage to your chimney, so giving it the proper protection is important to ensure it stands the test of time. One thing we urge customers to be wary of is water damage. A little rain may seem harmless enough, but over time it can take quite a toll on your system! Learn more below, then let us set you up right with all the preventative measures necessary for ensuring safer fireplace and chimney use year after year.

What Does Water Do To My Masonry?

Water Damage & Your Chimney - Auburn AL - Top Hat Chimney SweepsOne issue that arises when your structure isn’t properly protected is water getting absorbed into your brickwork. This takes a toll on your mortar and weakens your entire system considerably. As the bricks and mortar crumble, your looking at a very dangerous situation! The weaker things get, the more likely it is that you’ll eventually face a settlement or collapse, both of which put your home at risk and cost you hundreds upon hundreds in repair work.

You’ll also face problems if the water gets inside of the chimney and affects your liner. As you know, the liner does a lot when it comes to protecting your home and chimney from getting too much heat. Without a properly fitted and well-maintained liner in place, your looking at a lot of potential damage and possibly even a house fire.

When water penetrates the interior of your chimney, the liner will become compromised in a hurry. It will break down and deteriorate and, before you know, you’ll be paying a sweep to reline the entire thing! Preventative maintenance takes some time and money, but in the long run you’ll wind up saving a lot more than you would should damages occur.

On top of all this, you risk facing clogs, rot, rust, decay, mold accumulation, stains, cracks, holes, and a whole lot more. It’s not worth the stress! Invest in our solutions today, so you can rest easier when your burning season kicks off again this fall.

We Have Solutions For You

So, what can Top Hat Chimney Sweeps do to help? We install various chimney parts, all of which play a big role in keeping water away. For example, chimney caps keep water out of your flue, so that your liner stays safe no matter the weather outside! We also install and repair crickets, flashing, chase pans, and any damaged siding and trim as well.

Is your crown showing signs of damage? This should be addressed right away, as the crown works hard to send water out and away from the sides of your chimney. Finally, be sure to invest in waterproofing to guarantee your brickwork stays protected through even the toughest rain storms. Our products comes with a 10-year warranty, and they are vapor-permeable, so nothing can get in but moisture and gases can easily get out. Ask our team about our waterproofing services today!

As you can see, we have what you need to gain peace of mind before the holidays come back around and your fireplace gets puts to use. Make an appointment with our CSIA certified staff today !

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