Friday, January 4, 2013

Fireside Facts

Being married to an Eagle Scout I manage to find many things I previously never knew. The occasion to know certain things never managed to present itself to me. However, I have an Eagle Scout husband who has no difficulty rectifying this discrepancy. So... that said... fireplaces and more specifically firewood.

I love a nice fire in the fireplace. There is something so warm and comforting about spending a cool/cold evening in front of a well-lit fireplace. Even the smell from outside smells wonderful while walking through the crisp winter air. Brian doesn't have as much of a fondness or care for the fireplace. To him it's costly, creates a mess of ash, requires time, maintenance, attendance, and is ineffective in it's primary purpose- to create heat.

So undeterred I got on Craigslist and found firewood at a discounted price... a practical steal actually. Took the Honda Accord one quiet afternoon while the kids napped and Brian babysat, and filled up the whole trunk. Then I stacked the firewood neatly in the garage so it would be nice and dry and easily accessible for when we wanted a fire in the fireplace. Little did I know that some of the wood was unseasoned. I didn't even know what the difference was between seasoned and unseasoned wood.

Seasoned wood is wood that has sat and dried out for about a year. Usually this is done, by leaving the wood outside in the elements. By allowing wood to do this the moisture leaves the wood and therefore makes it easier to burn. The more moisture in wood, the more the wood smokes and the harder it is to burn.

Did you know that?

And wood that you burn cannot be treated wood... wood you would get from a lumber yard, or from broken furniture and the like.

But wood is wood right? Just put enough gasoline on it... it will light... make nice fire... the end.

Nope.

Did not know that. I knew that wood is necessary for fireplace and that places/people often advertise firewood. I also know if you have problem starting the fire a good place to start is with some kindling, paper, and gasoline... lots and lots of gasoline.

Anyway I have since been educated. You need to use seasoned firewood (as opposed to unseasoned firewood that is newly cut) to burn in the fireplace. Don't know if you had known that beforehand. Guess if you didn't you know now. See... sometimes you can learn something from marrying an Eagle Scout. Just don't marry mine.

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