When most folks think of firewood, fall and winter come to mind. However, firewood can also be used to create campfires and smoke meats throughout the warmer months. Thus, there is never really a bad time to pick up a full or half cord. If you do decide to stock up in the warm days ahead, keep these tips in mind:
Remember that a piece of wood’s density, moisture and resin content, as well as its ability to produce ash, will affect its performance over time. Thus, you will want to keep that in mind when deciding whether to use a particular type of firewood for your barbecue smoker or campfire.
If you are looking for firewood that produces a fantastic amount of coals and produces a substantial amount of BTUs per cord, you may want to go with split hickory logs. According to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ charts, that type of firewood starts rather easily and may generate more than 25,000,000 per full cord. It also produces little smoke, and believe it or not, when you are smoking meats, that’s actually a good thing.
Speaking of which, for campfires you may want to consider avoiding high smoke woods. Otherwise, you could end up making the camp out an unpleasant experience for everyone located within close proximity of the fire ring. The list of woods that tend to produce a noticeable amount of smoke includes white and yellow pine.
Lastly, don’t forget to give some thought to the size of the wood. It will impact how fast the firewood will ignite and burn away. At Saunders Landscape Supply, we like to pre-split and cut our firewood into pieces. The pieces tend to fall within the range of 16 to 20 inches in length.
To learn more about having seasoned firewood delivered to your home year round, please contact us at Saunders Landscape Supply. We currently deliver to driveways located in Maryland and Northern Virginia.