Frequently Asked Questions About Firewood
Q: Will you deliver up flights of stairs?
Answer: Yes! For FREE!
Q: How does burning firewood effect our environment?
Answer: According to Chimney Safety Institute of America that unlike the burning of fossil fuels like gas or oil, which many believe to be upsetting our climate for the worst, burning firewood releases no more harmful greenhouse gases than would be produced were the wood to simply rot on the forest floor. If we are responsible in the ways we select, cut, and burn our firewood, wood burning can actually be the correct choice for the environment too.
Q: How do I properly start a fire?
Answer: To start a fire you should start by placing some crumpled newspaper on the rack, then place some kindling wood or fat wood (preferred) surrounding the newspaper. Light the newspaper, allow it to burn itself out while catching the kindling wood (or fat wood) on fire. As the flames progress place a log in the fire, try to use thinner logs at first then build up to the larger pieces. (BE CAREFUL OF FLAMES, you may want to invest in a pair of flame resistant gloves, available from NYCFIREWOOD, ask a customer service rep. for more info.)
Q:How do I build a better fire?
Answer: Before lighting a fire, make sure the thermostat is turned down so air heated by the central furnace will not go up the chimney. The easiest and best fire for either a stove or fireplace is achieved with a mixture of softwoods for easy igniting with hardwoods for longer burning and good coaling qualities. A cardinal rule of fireplace management is to keep a thick bed for glowing coals that drop through. The coals yield a steady heat and aid in igniting fresh fuel as it is added. Keep the fire burning by adding small amounts of wood at regular intervals. A small, hot fire is much better than a large, roaring blaze because it burns more completely and produces less creosote.
Q: Should the wood be covered?
Answer: No, covering the firewood traps moisture, promotes mildew and attracts insects. Covering the wood should only be permitted if it will rain.
Q: Where should I store the wood?
Answer: You can store the wood outside or inside. It is best to let the fresh air get to the wood to keep it dry; only cover the wood if it is going to rain. If you can not store it outside that is O.K.! Storing wood inside will keep the wood dry as well as insect free. Many of our customers keep wood in closets, extra rooms or a wood rack.
Q: How long are the logs?
Answer: Generally 18 - 24 inches.
Q: How much wood do I order?
Answer: The table below shows you the different order sizes:
*log lengths may be cut shorter upon request. Click here to contact us.
Q: How often should the chimney be cleaned?
Answer: A minimum of once a year is recommended to eliminate creosote buildup.
Q: What do I do with those fireplace ashes?
Answer: Save them for the Spring time to keep the slugs out of the garden.
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