Why should you buy kiln-dried logs? For starters, burning kiln-dried wood on a fire will provide the most heat and the most efficiency!
The benefits of kiln-dried wood are considerable:
- You get more heat from your fire
- It’s much more efficient
- It’s more economical
- You’ll get fewer problems with your stove and/or chimney flue
Burning unseasoned wood can be at best frustrating and time-consuming and, at worst, dangerous.
Some of the worse things that could happen are:
- A chimney fire
- A build up of tar inside your woodburner
- Your fireside appliance getting rusty
- Your flue rusting
Burning unseasoned or damp wood will mean the fire doesn’t burn efficiently – you’ll be burning off the moisture in the wood, and combustion and heat will be very poor. You’ll end up with a hissing, spitting fire which will need constant attention.
This phrase sums it up perfectly:
The fire should increase in heat and intensity when you add firewood – not start to fade and fizzle
Here’s a list of reasons for burning the driest logs possible:
- Dry fires produce more heat more quickly
- Less smoke is produced
- The smoke gets drawn up through chimney more quickly
- Less build up of tar or other “condensates” in your appliance or flue/chimney
- Moisture is less likely to build up