January 7, 2020

Does your home have a wood-burning fireplace? When compared to natural gas fireplaces, wood-burning fireplaces offer several advantages. They are safer to use, produce more heat, offer a pleasant aroma and crackling sound, and they promote a more relaxing environment. If you have a wood-burning fireplace, though, you’ll need to clean it. Otherwise, it will accumulate ash, soot and other debris. Below are 10 tips on how to clean and maintain your wood-burning fireplace.

#1) Sweep Out Ashes Once Cool

Wood-burning fireplaces produce ashes as a byproduct. As wood burns, some of its organic and inorganic compounds will linger behind in the form of ash. With that said, you shouldn’t attempt to remove ash immediately after the fire has burned out. To protect against burns, as well as damage to your home, wait until the ash is completely cool to sweep it out. You can then scoop up the ashes and dispose of them in a metal container. Alternatively, you can save the ash to use in your garden.

#2) Check for Soot

It’s a good idea to check your fireplace, especially the flue, for signs of soot buildup on a regular basis. Soot has a powdery texture that’s softer than creosote. As a result, it can make its way into hard-to-reach cracks and crevices of your fireplace. If you discover soot buildup inside your fireplace, scrub it off with a brush and some vinegar. Vinegar offers a nontoxic and effective way to clean soot. Its acidic properties help to loosen soot so that it’s easier to remove.

#3) Burn Dry Firewood

The golden rule of using a wood-burning fireplace is to only burn dry firewood. Burning wet or moist wood is never a good idea. Even if you’re able to light it — which can be extremely difficult — it won’t produce much heat. Wet and moist wood doesn’t burn efficiently, resulting in less heat and a shorter burn time. Furthermore, if the wood contains too much moisture, it will produce soot and creosote when burned that sticks to the interior of your fireplace and its flue.

To keep your fireplace clean, burn dry firewood, such as kiln dried firewood. Kiln dried firewood is prized for its low moisture content. When firewood is kiln dried, it’s processed in a heating oven, known as a kiln, where the moisture is literally baked out of it. Whether it’s oak, hickory or any other hardwood variety, kiln dried firewood is the perfect source of fuel for your wood-burning fireplace. It’s easy to light, and because of its low moisture content, it will won’t contribute to soot or creosote buildup.

#4) Avoid Starting Fires With Paper

Avoid the temptation of starting your fireplace with paper. Whether it’s a piece of newspaper, computer paper or a page torn out of an old magazine, you shouldn’t burn paper in your fireplace. Paper doesn’t burn as well as wood. Granted, it’s easy to light, but it leaves behind a lot of ash once burned. For a clean fireplace, don’t use paper. Instead, use a natural fire starter, such as tinder and kindling, in conjunction with kiln-dried firewood. If the wood is dry, it should easily light with nothing more than some tinder and kindling.

#5) Close the Screen When Using Your Fireplace

When using your fireplace, shut the screen closed to reduce the risk of hot embers landing on your carpet. Also known as a fire screen sheet, a fireplace screen is a tall and flat panel that’s used to cover the front of a fireplace. They are used to contain the fire’s embers. Fireplace screens are made of a heat-resistant material, such as metal or glass. They don’t completely cover the front of a fireplace. Instead, they typically feature a semi-permeable design that allows for the passage of heat. By closing the screen when using your fireplace, hot embers are less likely to damage the carpet and surrounding space.

#6) Clean the Screen

Of course, you may need to clean your fireplace’s screen as well. Over time, fireplace screens will develop smoke stains. This is particularly true for glass fireplace screens. The smoke will settle on the surface of the glass, creating unsightly black stains. You can restore a smoke-stained fireplace screen back to its original appearance, however, by cleaning it. Just spray an ammonia-based glass cleaner on your fireplace screen and wipe it down with a few paper towels. For a metal fireplace screen, use warm water and some gentle dish soap.

#7) Sweep the Outer Hearth

The outer hearth of your fireplace will likely accumulate ashes if not regularly swept. All fireplaces have an inner and outer hearth. The inner heart is the area inside the firebox where the fire is contained, whereas the outer hearth is the area outside the firebox that extends into the accompanying room. Using a screen can help protect the outer hearth from ashes, as well as embers, but you’ll still need to sweep the outer hearth regularly.

#8) Vacuum Around the Outer Hearth

The outer hearth is designed to catch any ash or embers that escape the firebox, but it’s not a foolproof solution. If you build large fires, or if you don’t clean the firebox, ash may land on the carpet around the outer hearth. Some homeowners make the mistake of trying to clean ash out of carpet by scrubbing it. The problem with scrubbing is that it digs the ash deeper into the carpet, which can lead to permanent stains that are nearly impossible to remove. An easier and more effective way to clean ash out of carpet is to vacuum it. Just run over the ash with a suction-powered vacuum cleaner to “pull” out the ash.

#9) Allow Fires to Burn Out Naturally

Rather than extinguishing your fires with water, allow them to burn out naturally. Pouring water — even small amounts of water — into a fireplace is never a good idea. While it will probably extinguish the fire with minimal effort, water will mix with the ash to create a thick, sludge-like paste. As the water mixes with the ash, it forms a paste that sticks to the walls and floor of the firebox. Furthermore, water contributes to rust and corrosion. If your fireplace screen or any other components are made of metal, water may cause them to rust or corrode. Rather than extinguishing your fires with water, allow them to burn out naturally.

#10) Spot Clean Brick

The brick encompassing your fireplace may develop smoke stains. You can easily clean these smoke stains, however, using a solution of diluted vinegar. Mix equal parts distilled white vinegar and water into a spray bottle. Next, spray the diluted vinegar onto the stained brick. After allowing the diluted vinegar to soak into the brick for at least 10 minutes, you can proceed to scrub it. If the stain persists, you can try cleaning the brick with a cream of tarter paste. Also known as potassium hydrogen tartrate, cream of tartar, it’s highly effective at cleaning brick.

Experience the difference kiln dried firewood makes in your fireplace by visiting our online store today. Cutting Edge Firewood is the Southeast’s premier vendor of high-quality kiln-dried firewood. We offer a variety of the industry’s finest firewood, including oak, hickory, cherry and more, all of which you can use in your fireplace.

December 26, 2019

Oak trees are found extensively throughout the United States. Regardless of where exactly you live, you’ve probably encountered some of these hardwood trees. Because they are so common, oak trees are frequently used as firewood. But do oak trees really make good firewood?

What Are Oak Trees?

An oak tree is a hardwood tree in the genus Quercus. Contrary to what some people believe, oak isn’t a specific species of tree; it refers to trees in the genus Quercus, which are characterized by spiraling leaves as well as acorns.

According to the University of Arizona (UA), there are over 600 known species of oak trees in the world, 90 of which are located in North America. Like other hardwoods, oak trees grow more slowly than their evergreen counterparts. Depending on the species, it can take an oak tree anywhere from 15 to 40 years to mature. All oak trees reproduce through pollination. Male flowers produce pollen in spring that pollinates the female flowers to produce acorns.

Some of the most common species of oaks in the United States include the following:

  • White oak
  • Southern live oak
  • Emory oak
  • Gambel oak
  • Black oak
  • Bur oak
  • Cherry bark oak
  • Maple leaf oak
  • Arkansas oak
  • Boynton oak
  • Scarlet oak
  • Buckley oak
  • Red oak

Easy to Split

Back to the question at hand: Yes, oak trees make excellent firewood. One of the many reasons why oak is ideal for firewood is because it’s easy to split. While there are hundreds of species, all oak trees have a straight grain that makes them easy to split. Wood is typically split into halves or quarters to improve its performance as firewood. Splitting reduces the amount of bark on the surface of the logs so that it’s easier to light and burns more cleanly. Unfortunately, some trees are difficult to split because they contain an irregular grain. If a tree has an interlocking grain, for example, it may not split evenly.

The good news is that oak trees don’t suffer from this problem. They have a straight grain that allows for quick and easy splitting. Oak wood can be split manually using an ax or automatically using a gas or hydraulic log splitter. With their straight grain, they are particularly easy to split compared to other types of trees. With that said, there are several other reasons why oak trees make excellent firewood.

Burns Hot

When using oak firewood, you can rest assured knowing that it will produce a substantial amount of heat. Research shows that a full cord of red oak firewood will produce 24 million British Thermal Units (BTUs) of heat when burned. The only tree species that produces more heat than red oak is black locust at 26.8 million BTUs.

Whether it’s red oak, white oak or any of the other 598 known species, all oaks produce a substantial amount of heat when burned. Oak trees are hardwood, so they denser than their softwood — also known as evergreen — counterparts. The dense composition of oak trees means there’s more organic “stuff” inside them. When used as firewood, the organic matter in oaks will burn to produce heat.

Smells Nice

A benefit of oak firewood that’s often overlooked is its fragrant aroma. What does oak firewood smell like exactly? It’s difficult to describe the aroma of oak firewood without experiencing it yourself. It’s a mild yet pleasant earthy aroma that most people find enjoyable. When you burn oak firewood, some of its organic matter will be released into the air, resulting in a fragrant aroma that fills the surrounding space. Some homeowners, in fact, specifically use oak firewood because of its fragrant aroma. Don’t take my word for it, though. Experience its pleasant aroma firsthand by using oak firewood the next time you build a fire.

Low Resin and Sap Content

A little-known benefit of oak firewood is its low resin and sap content. Most trees produce resin and sap, though the amount they produce varies. Softwoods typically produce more resin and sap than hardwoods. Pine trees, for instance, are widely known for containing a substantial amount of resin and sap. If a pine tree is injured, all the sticky resin and sap will leak out. Hardwoods like oak, on the other hand, contain significantly less resin and sap.

With low levels of resin and sap, oak firewood is easier to light than pine, yew, spruce or other softwoods. If there’s too much resin or sap inside of firewood, you may struggle to light it. All the resin and sap inhibits the combustion process. You can still light firewood that’s saturated in resin and sap, but it will take more work. Alternatively, you can choose firewood with low levels of resin and sap, such as oak. There’s virtually no noticeable amount of resin or sap inside oak. Therefore, you can easily light oak firewood using tinder and kindling (along with a match or fire starter).

Readily Available

You shouldn’t have trouble finding oak firewood to use in your fireplace, fire pit, stove or chiminea. As previously mentioned, the United States is home to approximately 90 species of oaks. While different species grow in different states, you can find oaks across the entire country. Why does this matter? Well, because oaks are so common in the United States, they offer a convenient and readily available source of firewood. You can even order oak firewood from Cutting Edge Firewood, which we’ll deliver straight to your home.

Low Moisture Content

Another reason oak trees make excellent firewood is because they have a low moisture content. Oaks don’t retain as much moisture as softwood trees. A live oak tree may have a moisture content of 75%, whereas a live pine tree may have a moisture content of over 100%. More importantly, oaks are easier to dry out than softwood trees. The moisture content of oak firewood can be lowered even further through processing. Common firewood processing techniques include air drying and kiln drying. The former involves leaving the firewood outdoors to dry for up to six months, whereas the latter technique involves baking firewood in an oven known as a kiln. Kiln dried oak firewood has an exceptionally low moisture content, containing just half the moisture as air-dried oak firewood.

Burns Clean

Oak firewood burns clean while producing lots of heat and little to no black smoke. Black smoke is the result of an incomplete combustion process. If your firewood doesn’t burn completely, it will release unburned matter in the form of black smoke. Softwood trees, unfortunately, have an inefficient combustion process. They have a higher resin and sap content as well as moisture content, both of which inhibits the combustion process. Oak trees, however, contain low levels of resin and sap as well as moisture. Therefore, oak firewood has a more complete combustion process that manifests in the form of greater heat and less black smoke. If you’re tired of building fires, only to get smoked out by a cloud of thick black smoke, you should consider using a hardwood variety of firewood like oak.

Experience the difference kiln dried firewood makes in your fires visiting our online store today. Cutting Edge Firewood is the Southeast’s premier vendor of high-quality kiln-dried firewood. We offer a variety of the industry’s finest firewood, including oak as well as other hardwoods.

December 3, 2019

A fire pit does more than just improve the aesthetics of your patio or outdoor living space; it opens the doors to new social activities. Rather than staying cooped up inside your home during the evenings, you can gather around the fire pit with family members and friends. You can even use it roast marshmallows or grill food. From spring to winter, a fire pit will allow you to take full advantage of your home’s patio or outdoor living space while encouraging social interaction in the process.

Whether you choose a portable or stationary fire pit, though, you should consider using kiln dried firewood in it. Characterized by an exceptionally low moisture content, kiln dried firewood is processed in a drying kiln. As the wood bakes in the kiln, moisture is released from its pores. While fire pits support most types of dry hardwood, kiln dried firewood is superior for the following reasons.

Hassle-Free Lighting

You can easily start your fire pit using kiln dried firewood. The same can’t be said for other types of firewood. Green, fresh and air-dried firewood are oftentimes difficult to light. They contain more moisture that inhibits the combustion process and, therefore, prevents the wood from lighting. The low moisture content of kiln dried firewood, however, allows for hassle-free lighting. You won’t get stuck blowing on a barely lit newspaper while your friends anxiously watch in the cold.

As long as you properly arrange it so that air can flow through the center, kiln dried firewood should light using nothing more than some dry tinder and kindling. There’s no need to douse kiln dried firewood in lighter fluid. Just arrange the logs over some tinder and kindling, at which point you can start it with a single match.

Less Smoke

It’s slightly embarrassing when you invite guests over to gather around your fire pit during the evening, only for thick clouds of black smoke to bombard them. As the smoke billows in their direction, it may force guests to play a game of musical chairs in which they constantly move around while trying to avoid the smoke. For a more enjoyable atmosphere with less smoke, you should use kiln dried firewood.

All wood produces at least some smoke when burned. Kiln dried firewood, however, produces the least amount of smoke of all types of firewood. Smoke is essentially a byproduct of the incomplete burning of wood or fossil fuels. Jargon aside, smoke is produced when wood doesn’t fully burn. Several factors can affect the amount of smoke wood produces when burned, one of the most influential being its moisture content. The more moisture a wood log has, the more smoke it will produce. Moisture prevents the wood from burning completely, resulting in the production of more smoke.

Of course, kiln dried firewood is characterized by an exceptionally low moisture content, so it doesn’t produce as much as smoke as other types of firewood when burned. As a result, guests can lounge around your fire pit without fear of being smoked out. Guests can relax and unwind close to the fire, resulting in a better experience for everyone involved.

No Sticky Smell

Not only does kiln dried firewood produce less smoke than other types of firewood; it doesn’t produce a sticky smell. It’s no secret that some wood-burning fires produce a lingering smell that sticks to your clothes. If you’ve ever been camping and used locally gathered wood to build a campfire, you may have noticed this strong and sticky smell. The odor-causing smoke compounds literally stick to your clothes and skin.

With kiln dried firewood, there is no sticky smell. The “stickiness” of smoke odors is the result of moisture. By itself, smoke doesn’t adhere well to clothes or skin. Rather, it needs the assistance of moisture to stick. If you burn wet or damp wood with a high moisture content, the moist smoke will stick to your clothes and skin. If you burn wood with a low moisture content, on the other hand, it will produce less smoke — and the minimal amount of smoke that it does produce won’t stick to your clothes or skin.

Better Heat

If you’re planning to use your fire pit during winter, you can rest assured knowing that kiln dried firewood produces the most heat. Regardless of where you live, you’ll probably experience some chilly evenings during winter. With kiln dried firewood, however, you won’t have to pack up and head indoors when the mercury drops. Its superior heating performance will allow you to use your outdoor living space all year round, regardless of the temperature.

Once lit, kiln dried firewood will produce strong heat that radiates throughout your patio or outdoor living space. Even during the otherwise bone-chilling winter evenings, it will create a comfortably warm climate for you and your guests. You can always experiment with conventional air-dried firewood, but it won’t produce as much heat as high-quality kiln dried firewood.

Less Maintenance

Kiln dried firewood allows reduces the amount of work needed to maintain a fire in your fire pit. It’s difficult to enjoy a fire when you’re constantly having to get up from your chair to gather and add more firewood. No type of firewood lasts forever. Eventually, all wood will burn to ash. But kiln dried firewood tends to burn noticeably longer than all other types of firewood, thereby reducing the number of trips you’ll have to make when adding more firewood.

You can also store any unused kiln dried firewood either inside or outside your home. If you have some kiln dried firewood leftover from an evening around your fire pit, you should save it for future use. While some people believe that firewood should always be stored outdoors, this isn’t necessarily true. Assuming you have kiln dried firewood, it’s perfectly fine to store it indoors. Kiln dried firewood is free of mold, mildew and pests. And with its dry properties, it won’t attract pests, nor will it develop fungi, when stored inside your home.

Enhances the Flavor of Food

You can cook better-tasting food over your fire pit when using kiln dried firewood. Whether you’re roasting marshmallows or grilling hamburgers, it will inject your food with deliciously flavorful smoke compounds. As the kiln dried firewood burns, it will release clean, flavorful smoke. There are different types of kiln dried firewood, each of which produces a different flavor when used to cook foods. Regardless, all high-quality hardwood varieties of kiln dried firewood will enhance the flavor of your food.

Other types of firewood can have the opposite effect by harming your food’s flavor. They emit thick carbon-filled smoke that coats food with a harsh-tasting film. For the best flavor when cooking over a fire pit, you should use kiln dried firewood. Along with the other benefits listed here, better-tasting food is another reason to choose kiln dried firewood for your fire pit.

Experience the difference kiln dried firewood makes in your outdoor fire pit by visiting our online store today. Cutting Edge Firewood is the Southeast’s premier vendor of high-quality kiln-dried firewood. We offer a variety of the industry’s finest firewood, including oak, hickory, cherry and more, all of which you can use in your outdoor fire pit.

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November 13, 2019

Do you own an outdoor fire pit? If so, you should consider using kiln dried firewood in it. While most people are familiar with the benefits of using kiln dried firewood in a fireplace — it is safer and protects against creosote buildup, which could otherwise lead to a house fire — but many are unfamiliar its benefits in an outdoor fire pit. Whether you have a portable or stationary fire pit, though, kiln dried firewood from Cutting Edge Firewood is well worth the investment.

It’s worth pointing out that there is kiln dried firewood, and then there’s kiln dried firewood. Technically, any wood that has spent 75 minutes in a kiln can be labeled kiln dried, but that doesn’t mean it’s really dry. At Cutting Edge Firewood, we use the most rigorous drying process in the industry. Our wood spends 48 hours inside a kiln, which means it comes out with a moisture content around 5%. It’s the reason we deliver the best firewood available, and you can be sure that you will truly experience the benefits described in this post.

So let’s get to it! Her are seven important benefits of using kiln dried firewood in an outdoor fire pit.

#1) It’s Easy to Light

Because of its low moisture content, kiln dried firewood is particularly easy to light. It’s frustrating when you spend the time and effort to prepare your outdoor fire pit, only to discover that the wood won’t light. Fresh firewood, as well as air-dried firewood, contains substantially more moisture than kiln dried firewood. The wood may look dry, but within its pores is a large volume of moisture that makes it difficult to light. Kiln dried firewood, however, is recognized for its exceptionally low moisture content. As a result, it’s easy to light.

You can start a Cutting Edge Firewood with a single match. When you bring everyone together, you can impress everyone with a fire that lights quickly, which is a much better experience than bringing people together to watch you blow on newspaper to try and convince wet wood to light. You don’t even need to use lighter fluid or other accelerants when using kiln dried firewood in your outdoor fire pit, it is simply easy.

#2) It Produces Minimal Smoke

In addition to being easy to light, kiln dried firewood produces minimal smoke. It’s frustrating when huge billows of dark smoke force you and your guests to move your chair every time the wind changes direction. Not only is this a nuisance; it can irritate your lungs and even trigger allergies. The good news is, kiln dried firewood from Cutting Edge produces much less smoke than fresh firewood and seasoned firewood. Its dry properties allow for cleaner fires with less smoke, which is just one more reason to use kiln dried firewood in your outdoor fire pit.

#3) You’ll Smell Better

Have you ever enjoyed an outdoor fire, only to go inside and realize your hair and clothes smell terrible? Smoke smells, and the harsh odors can linger for multiple days. When moist or damp firewood burns, some of the moisture will evaporate into the air. And once in the air, the moisture will float around, sticking to you and anyone else who’s near the fire.

Kiln dried firewood, of course, has less moisture than other types of firewood, so when you use it in your outdoor fire pit, you won’t have that musty smoke smell stuck to you at the end of the evening. You’ll smell clean and fresh, even after spending several hours huddled around your outdoor fire pit.

#4) It’s Ideal for Roasting Marshmallows

If you’re planning to roast marshmallows over your outdoor fire pit, there’s no substitution for kiln dried firewood. It produces a clean fire that won’t expose your marshmallows to harsh-tasting smoke. As the kiln dried firewood burns, it will release heat that’s able to roast your marshmallows to the perfect consistency — all while offering the best possible flavor. You can always try to roast marshmallows using other types of firewood. But if you’re serious about cooking delicious roasted marshmallows, kiln dried firewood is the way to go.

Whether you’re roasting marshmallows, making s’mores or even grilling hotdogs, though, you should choose kiln dried firewood. It offers the best possible flavor by creating little or no smoke. If you use fresh firewood or air-dried firewood, you can expect a harsher, less-enjoyable flavor. Check out this previous blog post for tips on how to make the best s’mores.

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#5) It Produces Brighter and Hotter Flames

When used in an outdoor fire pit or elsewhere, kiln dried firewood will produce brighter and hotter flames than that of other types of firewood. Spending time around the fire outside is always more enjoyable when you have a better flame. Watching wet wood smolder and create smoke is not a visually exciting experience, but watching beautiful flames dance and create warmth is a great way to make memories that last a lifetime.

The flames produced by kiln dried firewood are both bright and hot. During the winter, this makes kiln dried firewood an invaluable source of fuel for an outdoor fire pit. When the sun goes down and the temperature begins to drop, you can build a fire using kiln dried firewood to create a warm and enjoyable environment for you and your family members. The heating value of firewood is largely influenced by its moisture content. The lower the moisture content, the higher the heating value. Kiln dried firewood has a high heating value because it contains so little moisture. When burned, more of its organic matter will be converted into clean heat. The end result is brighter, hotter flames in your outdoor fire pit.

#6) Less Likely to Attract Pests

Kiln dried firewood is much less likely to attract pests. Wood is a natural source of food for many pests, including beetles and termites. Normally, though, pests specifically look for wet or damp wood on which to feast. Wet and damp wood is softer than dry wood, making it an ideal food source for beetles, termites and other common pests. Kiln dried firewood is processed in an oven-like kiln where moisture is extracted from the wood. And due to its dry properties, it’s naturally protected against pests.

You can use kiln dried firewood in your outdoor fire pit without fear of it attracting pests. With a moisture content of around 5% on average, Cutting Edge Firewood isn’t an ideal food source for pests. As previously mentioned, most posts prefer wet or damp wood, so they’ll often ignore kiln dried firewood. Storing our firewood that is stacked on our patent pending racks will also keep the wood off the ground, making it harder for pests to invade.

#7) You Can Store It Anywhere

Finally, you can store kiln dried firewood just about anywhere. Even if you only intend to use it in your outdoor fire pit, it’s perfectly fine to store kiln dried firewood somewhere inside your home. Many people, in fact, prefer to store their kiln dried firewood in their garage, kitchen, or living room. Regardless, you can store kiln dried firewood either inside or outside your home. Just remember to keep it covered and off the ground if you’re going to store it outdoors.

While kiln dried firewood has an exceptionally low moisture content, it may absorb moisture from rain as well as the soil. By keeping it covered and off the ground, it will remain dry while subsequently providing you with the fuel needed to build the perfect fires. The bottom line is that you can store kiln dried firewood just about anywhere, making it particularly convenient when compared to other types of firewood with a higher moisture content. Fortunately, all Cutting Edge Firewood metal racks come with a cover included, which helps prevent your firewood from getting wet.

Experience the difference kiln dried firewood makes in your outdoor fire pit by visiting our online store today. Cutting Edge Firewood is the Southeast’s premier vendor of high-quality kiln-dried firewood. We offer a variety of the industry’s finest firewood, including oak, hickory, cherry and more, all of which you can use in your outdoor fire pit.

October 24, 2019

Whether you’re camping in the woods, on a mountain or at the beach, no camping trip is complete without a fire. When the sun goes down, a campfire will illuminate your campsite while simultaneously producing heat. Unfortunately, you can’t always predict what the weather will be like. Even if the weather looks nice and calm, you may encounter severe winds once you reach your campsite. While windy weather can make it difficult to light a campfire, there are a few ways to overcome this natural phenomenon and achieve a roaring campfire.

#1) Use a Reflective Wind Screen

Available for sale at many camping and outdoor recreational goods stores, a reflective wind screen can help you build a roaring campfire on a windy day. As its name suggests, a reflective wind screen is a large and flat screen made of a reflective material that’s used to block the wind. Just place a reflective wind screen around your campfire, at which point it will protect your fire from the wind.

#2) Look for an Existing Fire Ring

Prior to building a campfire, look around your campsite to see if there is fire ring present. Depending on where you are camping, there may be over a dozen fire rings. Consisting of a ring of rocks, a fire ring acts as a designated area in which to build a campfire. Fire rings are typically created around natural windbreaks, including cliffs or hills. Therefore, you should try to build your campfire in an existing fire ring, especially if it features a natural windbreak. If you don’t see any fire rings around your campsite, look for an appropriate area with a windbreak to create your own.

Not only do these fire rings protect you from the wind, but they help keep the fire contained and prevent accidents.

#3) Dig a Shallow Hole

Whether you use an existing fire ring or create your own fire ring, you’ll have an easier time starting a campfire if you build it inside a hole rather than on the surface of the ground. If the fire is inside a hole, the sides of the hole will protect it from the wind. You don’t have to necessarily dig a large hole that’s several feet deep. On the contrary, you only need a shallow hole that’s about 4 or 5 inches deep. At this depth, the wind won’t be able to easily reach your firewood, yet it should only take you a few minutes to dig a 3- or 5-inch deep hole.

#4) Bring Your Own Firewood

Another tip to build a roaring campfire on a windy day is to bring your own firewood. Regardless of where you are camping, there’s probably some wood on the ground nearby. While using locally gathered branches, limbs and other pieces of wood may sound harmless, it isn’t recommended for several reasons. First, many national and state parks prohibit campers from collecting and using locally gathered wood. If a park is currently experiencing erosion problems, it may issue a notice requiring campers to bring their own firewood. Wood acts as a natural defense against erosion. It “holds” the soil in place while also diverting water in different directions. If you collect and use locally gathered wood, the soil will become more susceptible to erosion, which can have disastrous consequences on local ecosystems.

Bringing your own firewood also means you’ll be able to build a campfire with dry wood rather than wet or damp wood. Locally gathered wood often has a high moisture content. Even if it’s been sitting on the ground for several months, it may contain up to half its weight in water (sometimes even more). As a result, it’s difficult to light. When it’s windy outside, you need to use dry firewood, such as kiln dried firewood, with which to build your campfire.

By bringing kiln dried firewood, you can rest assured knowing that a little wind won’t get in your way of building a roaring campfire. Kiln dried firewood has just a fraction of the moisture content of fresh, green and even air-dried firewood. Choosing a box of kiln dried firewood from Cutting Edge is a great option – it comes in an easy to pack container and has everything you need for an awesome campfire.

#5) Build a Tipi Campfire

There are over a half-dozen ways to build a campfire, but none are more effective at combating windy weather than the tipi. This otherwise basic and easy-to-build campfire allows for maximum heat in windy weather. What is a tipi campfire exactly? It’s a type of campfire that involves stacking your firewood vertically in a circle so that the top of the logs in the center. The center of a tipi campfire is open, but the top is closed because this is where the wood touches. As a result, it offers an enclosed design that protects your fire from the wind.

#6) Light With Tinder and Kindling

Even if you bring and use your own firewood, you may struggle to light it using a match. Using tinder and kindling, however, you should be able to easily light your campfire. As explained in a previous blog post, tinder consists of small and loose material, whereas kindling consists of slightly larger sticks and twigs. Assuming you build a tipi campfire, you can place the tinder and kindling in the center so that it’s surrounded by the firewood. The fire from the tinder should spread to the kindling, which then spreads to the surrounding firewood.

Once again, the Cutting Edge Firewood box is perfect for this because it includes a small fire starter package that includes starters and kindling. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to start a fire with our system.

#7) Use Your Body as a Windbreak

If you’re still struggling to light your campfire, try positioning your body in front of it to block the wind. While standing in front of your campfire, your body will shield it from the wind. You can then bend over to light the tinder and kindling more easily. And if you’re camping with other people, you can ask them to stand in front of the campfire as well. With enough people, your campfire will be completely shielded by the wind. With that said, you should still keep a safe distance from your campfire to protect against burns and bodily injury.

#8) Gently Blow Into Your Campfire

It may sound unusual, but gently blowing into campfire can make it larger and hotter on a windy day. If the wind is blowing from a particular direction, try blowing into the center of your campfire from the opposite direction. If the wind is blowing from the east, for example, try blowing into your campfire from the west. If the wind is blowing from the west, blow into your campfire from the east. By blowing into your campfire from the opposite direction in which the wind is blowing, you’ll give it more oxygen in areas where it has little or no air, which should result in a bigger and brighter fire.

#9) Extinguish Your Campfire

Don’t forget to extinguish your campfire before going to sleep or leaving your campsite. Wildfires are more likely to occur in windy weather than calm weather. The presence of strong and fast-moving winds can pick up embers from a campfire, spreading them to nearby brush. As a camper, it’s your responsibility to extinguish any campfires that you build to prevent this from happening. So, before you head inside your tent for the night or leave your campsite, douse your campfire in water and cover the ashes with dirt.

Stock up on premium kiln dried firewood for your next camping trip by visiting our online store today. We offer a variety of kiln dried firewood, including oak, hickory and more, that will help you build a roaring campfire, even in windy weather.

October 17, 2019

When using your fireplace this winter, it’s important to use the right type of firewood. Just because a piece of wood burns when lit doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s safe to use in your fireplace. For the cleanest and warmest fires, steer clear of the nine following types of wood.

#1) Softwood

Because of its high resin content, you shouldn’t burn softwood in your fireplace. Trees are classified as either softwood or hardwood, depending on their method of reproduction. Softwood trees reproduce by dropping cones, and are evergreen. Hardwood trees, on the other hand, tend to lose their leaves each year and reproduce by dropping seeds. While different species of softwood have different characteristics, they typically have more resin than hardwood trees. As a result, burning softwood will result in the production of dark, thick smoke that pollutes your home and clogs your chimney.

#2) Wet Wood

In addition to softwood, you should avoid burning wet wood in your fireplace. If a piece of wood is wet, it won’t burn efficiently. The high moisture content inhibits the wood’s combustion process, meaning less of the wood is converted into clean heat. When wet wood is burned, it will release unburned particulate matter into the air. It may produce some heat, but its performance pales in comparison to that of dry wood. Keep in mind, all wood contains at least some moisture. If a piece of wood has an exceptionally high moisture content, though, you should avoid burning it in your fireplace.

Moisture in the wood can also contribute to dangerous creosote build-up. This provides a poor burning experience overtime and can lead to large combustions.

#3) Rotten Wood

Lots of people burn seasoned firewood in their fireplace, but unfortunately, seasoned wood is really the same thing as rotting wood. If a piece of wood is rotted, don’t burn it in your fireplace. Rotten wood is less dense than solid, unrotten wood. And with a lower density, it won’t produce as much heat when burned. Furthermore, rotting typically occurs from exposure to water or moisture. When wood becomes saturated with water, it begins to decompose — a process known as rotting. Over time, the rotten wood will eventually degrade into nothing. So, if you discover a piece of wood is rotten, it probably has a high moisture content.

Whether it’s hardwood or softwood, you shouldn’t use rotten wood as a source of fuel for your fireplace. Its low density and high moisture content make it a poor choice of firewood compared to other, higher-quality types of firewood. If you discover rotten wood, either toss it in the trash or place it outside to decompose naturally. Regardless, don’t burn it in your fireplace.

#4) Moldy Wood

Moldy wood should also be avoided when building fires in your fireplace. Mold fungi is found virtually everywhere, including both indoor and outdoor environments. While there are different types of mold, they all require four basic things to thrive: food, moisture, heat and oxygen. Unfortunately, wood is the perfect source of food for mold fungi. When mold spores land on a piece of wood, they may begin to feast on it, especially if the wood is wet.

Choosing dry hardwood firewood can prevent mold growth, but for other types of firewood, there’s the potential for mold. And while a small patch of green- or yellow-covered mold may look harmless, burning it will release airborne pollutants that fills your home. Therefore, you shouldn’t burn moldy wood in your fireplace.

#5) Pressure-Treated Wood

Never burn pressure-treated wood in your fireplace. What is pressure-treated wood exactly? The term “pressure treated” refers to a preservation method in which wood is treated with one or more preservative chemicals under high pressure. It’s designed to infuse the chemicals into the wood rather than simply applying the chemicals on the surface of the wood. While the chemicals used for pressure treating are highly effective at protecting against mold, insects and decay, they are typically toxic to humans.

Up until the early 2000s, for example, chromated copper arsenate (CCA) was the most common chemical used for pressure treating. Even today, though, most of the chemicals used for this wood-preservation method are toxic to humans. If you burn pressure-treated wood in your fireplace, these chemicals will be released into the same air that you and your family breathe.

#6) Driftwood

What’s wrong with burning driftwood in your fireplace? Assuming it came from the ocean, it will probably contain a lot of chlorine. Chlorine itself is a compound of sodium chloride (NaCl), which is more commonly known as salt. When wood floats around in the ocean, it will absorb saltwater and, therefore, chlorine. If you burn driftwood in your fireplace, the chlorine will be converted into toxic chemicals, some of which have been known to cause cancer. Driftwood can produce a dazzling array of colors when burned, but these bright colors are the result of toxic chemicals being released.

Don’t assume that freshwater driftwood is safe to burn in your fireplace either. While it may not contain chlorine, it will likely have a high moisture content that prevents it from burning efficiently. After all, it’s not uncommon for driftwood to float for months or even years on end. During this time, it will absorb moisture, making it a poor choice of fuel for your wood-burning fireplace.

#7) Green Wood

Finally, don’t burn green wood in your fireplace. Green wood isn’t literally green. Rather, it’s any type of wood that was recently harvested. High-quality firewood must be processed after being harvested. Otherwise, it will contain too much moisture to burn efficiently. Wood that isn’t processed is known as green or fresh wood.

Burning green wood may sound harmless, but it can clog your chimney with creosote. Creosote is a thick tar-like substance that’s created from the unburned organic matter, including wood. When you burn green wood, it will release creosote-filled smoke that rises into your chimney. Over time, some of this creosote will stick to the interior walls of your chimney, thereby restricting airflow into and out of your fireplace. And because creosote is highly flammable, this creates a major safety hazard for you and your family. Statistics show over 25,000 chimney fires occur each year in the United States. While chimney fires occur for different reasons, creosote buildup is a major contributing factor in many of these cases.

Why You Should Burn Kiln Dried Firewood in Your Fireplace

For the cleanest and warmest fires, stick with kiln dried firewood when using your fireplace this winter. Kiln dried firewood offers a superior level of performance compared to all other types of firewood. It’s harvested from select species of hardwood trees, and most importantly, it’s processed in a drying kiln. When placed inside a drying kiln, the firewood is exposed to heat and pressure that lowers its moisture content.

Kiln dried firewood has very little moisture. While green wood often has a moisture content of 50% or more, the moisture content of kiln dried firewood from Cutting Edge is around 5%. Because of its low moisture content, kiln dried firewood produces more heat and less smoke than other types of firewood. At the same time, it’s naturally protected from pests and mold, making it the ideal source of fuel for your wood-burning fireplace.

Stock up on premium kiln dried firewood by visiting our online store today. We offer a variety of kiln dried firewood, including oak, hickory and more, that will help you build clean fires in your fireplace. Just remember to avoid burning the seven types of wood mentioned here.

  • Pizza Cut Cooking Wood Box

    $69.00

    Want to make pizza in your backyard that gives your friends and family a true taste of Italy? Then make sure you use Cutting Edge Firewood’s premium pizza cut firewood.

    Designed specifically for wood fired ovens, our Pizza Cut wood gives you the hottest and longest burns. We partnered with professional pizza chefs to find the perfect way to cut the wood, and learned that the best pizza crust comes with properly managed burn temperatures.

    Temperature control in your oven is maximized by how hot you can get your flame. Our convenient pre-split wood eliminates all variables such as additional labor and drying, which gives you the confidence of knowing that you’re making your best pizza.

    Pizza cut wood is made from Oak, and each piece is approximately 16” in length. The box is 19″ x 13″ x 13″ and weighs about 50 pounds. We ship nationwide and offer complimentary shipping!

  • Fire Starter Package

    $59.00

    The Cutting Edge Firewood Complete Fire Starter Package includes everything you need to start over 20 fires quickly and easily. Each package includes:

    • Oak Kindling
    • Excelsior Fire Starters
    • Heart Pine Bundle
    • Cigar Matches

    Ignite your fire with a single match using the Cutting Edge way. Check out our how-to video in the details section below so you can master the single match light every single time! If you’re after actual firewood as well, don’t forget to check our firewood options!

  • Hickory Firewood Box

    $59.00

    Hickory is our best seller, and for good reason. Kiln dried hickory firewood burns hotter and longer than any other firewood we offer. The signature aroma and crackle bring back positive memories from childhood and make it a customer favorite. Enthusiasts and casual burners alike have something to love.

    This box of hickory firewood includes everything you need for 2-4 amazing fireside experiences, including fire starters, kindling, matches, and firewood. See full details below.

  • Cherry Firewood Box

    $59.00

    There is a reason George Washington cut down his father’s cherry tree: it makes for some incredible firewood! Cherry displays beautifully, burns less hot than hickory or oak, and it offers a sweet aroma that will provide your home with a welcoming atmosphere for your family and guests alike.

    This box of cherry firewood includes everything you need for 2-4 amazing fireside experiences, including fire starters, kindling, matches, and firewood. See full details below.

  • Oak Firewood Box

    $49.00

    Oak is a timeless classic, and a popular hardwood firewood from one of America’s most iconic trees. Oak has a more subtle aroma than hickory or cherry. It burns hotter and longer than cherry, but cooler and not as long as hickory. For many of our customers, oak is their first experience with our kiln dried firewood.

    This box of oak firewood includes everything you need for 2-4 amazing fireside experiences, including fire starters, kindling, matches, and firewood. See full details below.

  • Smoking Chunks Variety Pack

    $49.00

    Are you a backyard BBQ Master? Have you given your grill(s) their own special name? Then you need to try our premium smoking wood chunks. Our Variety Pack offers the perfect way to experience a variety of premium flavors and taste the difference for yourself. These boxes also make for the perfect gift for the smoking enthusiast in your life.

    Cutting Edge Firewood produces the best possible smoking chunks because the best food deserves the best flavor. Each variety pack contains 2-3 meals worth of Pecan, Cherry, Hickory, and Oak. The box itself is 8.5” x 8.5” x 8.5” and contains 4 smaller boxes, each with a different species of wood.

    If you’ve been thinking about trying our smoking wood chunks, then this is the best way to do it! You can also go big and try our large variety pack.

    Complimentary Shipping across the United States.

  • Chiminea/Small Wood Stove Box

    $69.00

    Chiminea small wood stove firewood is the perfect size for outdoor chiminea, smaller wood burning stoves and really small fireplaces. Enjoy the kiln dried firewood experience with an assortment of small pieces of wood ranging from approximately 4″ to 14″. Custom sizing is available in 6″ or smaller) or 6″-12″. This chiminea small wood stove firewood can produce more than double the heat of seasoned wood, has an unmatched aroma, starts easier, burns hotter and longer, and produces less smoke.

    Each box is 16′ x 16″ x 16″ and contains about 50 pounds of firewood. We also include 4 fire starters and kindling, giving you everything you need for a great experience. Complimentary shipping in over 25 states!

  • Pecan Cooking Wood Box

    $69.00

    Pecan is the most legendary cooking wood in the South, and Cutting Edge Firewood offers the best Pecan available. Maybe that’s why our Pecan Cooking wood was featured in Garden and Gun magazine.

    These 16″ split pecan logs provide the perfect flavor for any smoking and barbecue enthusiasts. A member of the Hickory family, Pecan burns hotter and longer, and it ignites quickly and easily. Because of our rigorous drying process, you know that all of our pecan wood will arrive dry and free from bugs, mold, or fungus. That means your food gets nothing but the best.

    Give your team the competitive edge it needs by selecting Pecan cooking wood from Cutting Edge Firewood.

    Boxes of Pecan ship nationwide and usually include complimentary shipping!

October 15, 2019

Over the past decade, subscription services have become increasingly popular around the United States. Subscriptions are perfect for our busy lives – they bring us what we need when we need it.

Cutting Edge Firewood began offering our innovative firewood subscription service in 2018 and it has since become increasingly popular. In this post, we’ll share 6 compelling reasons you should start a firewood subscription right now, and answer some of the most common questions we receive about our subscriptions.

1) Convenience

Have you ever woken up on a cold morning and said, “this is the perfect time to start a fire!” But then, when you went to build it, you realized you had no firewood left!

Life is busy enough without needing to go out and find firewood for sale or chop and season your own wood. Cutting Edge Firewood makes it easier than ever before to have a good stock of firewood available.

Our subscription service means you never even have to think about where your next fire will come from – we’ve already delivered the wood to your home!

2) More Savings

Our Subscription service provides the most affordable way to receive firewood and can save you up to 43.5% from our standard retail pricing.

Let’s look at a couple examples – one for a monthly rack subscription and one for a weekly box subscription.

One rack of hickory costs $285, but when you choose a monthly rack subscription, that same rack only costs $199. If you had a rack subscription for 3 months (November – January), then you would receive up to 3 racks worth of firewood for $597. If you bought the racks without the subscription, this would cost $855. In three months, you’ll save $258 (or 30%)!

A box of hickory costs $59, but when you choose a weekly box subscription, that same box only costs $39. If you have a box subscription for 12 weeks, then you’ll receive 12 total boxes for $468. Those 12 boxes on their own would cost $708. In that 12 week subscription period, you’ll save $240 (or 33.9%)!

You can really maximize your savings if you choose a pecan box subscription. One box of pecan normally costs $69, but when you get a weekly subscription it’s only $39 (savings of 43.5%).

3) The Best Firewood Available – Every Time

One of the challenges people face is finding consistently good firewood. You might get a good batch from a supplier one week, and then find that next month the firewood is wet and moldy or completely sold out!

You don’t have to worry about that with Cutting Edge Firewood. We deliver the best firewood available, every time. Our firewood goes through the most rigorous drying process in the industry. It is delivered free from pests, mold, and fungus. It is easy to light, clean from dirt, and provides an amazing aroma. We hand select each piece of firewood before delivering to your home – ensuring you only get the best.

The Best Firewood Available- Every Time

And of course, our firewood is available throughout the entire year. Want to enjoy a summer bonfire at the lakehouse? Cutting Edge has you covered. Need something right before Christmas? We’re ready to deliver!

4) No Long Term Commitments

Remember that time you signed up for a gym membership? You chose the 18 month plan because of how much money it would save! Only problem is, after 6 months you stopped going.

We understand that life circumstances and seasons may change the way you burn firewood, that’s why our subscriptions only require a short, 3 month commitment. While many of our customers choose to keep their subscription year round, enjoying great fires both indoors and outside, you are more than welcome to keep your just through the winter.

5) More Variety

If you want to try the different species or cuts we offer at Cutting Edge Firewood, then subscriptions are a great way to go. For instance, if you have a weekly box subscription, you can try different boxes whenever you choose.

Variety of Wood SpeciesPerhaps your first couple boxes will be hickory, then you can switch to cherry, and then to oak. Once it warms up, maybe you go after some pecan cooking wood or try our variety pack of chunks.

Our subscriptions offer great flexibility – you can also change the speed at which you receive the firewood. If you have a weekly subscription and want to switch to a monthly one, no problem! If you have a monthly and want to switch to every two weeks, then go for it! Simply contact our customer service team and we’ll get you taken care of.

6) Countless Memorable Experiences

For thousands of years, people have gathered around the fire to connect, share stories, and relax. Here at Cutting Edge Firewood, we’re all about creating memorable experiences around the fire.

Enjoying a great fire with family and friends should be a time to enjoy each other, not a time where you’re fighting to get a fire started or inhaling a ton of musty smoke.

With Cutting Edge boxes or racks, you can rest assured that every fireside experience will be a good one. You can get the fire going with a single match and then sit back, relax, and enjoy yourself!

If you’d like to try a subscription yourself, then start one today! Sign up for a box subscription here or a rack subscription here.

  • Box Subscription

    From: $39.00 / week

    The Box Subscription offers one of the most convenient ways to receive our premium firewood. Each firewood box includes everything you need for 2-4 amazing fire experiences, including the firewood, a sampling of Kindling, Fire Starters, and even matches!  With the Box Subscription, we deliver a brand new box once a month, every other week, or every week to your front door.

    Select your preferred frequency of delivery and type of box below. Minimum subscription length is only 3 months!

  • Rack Subscription

    $199.00 / month

    The Firewood Rack Subscription is a convenient way to ensure your firewood rack is always stocked. When you start a subscription, we deliver one of our premium, metal firewood racks (4’ tall x 2’ wide), stacked full of the firewood you chose, covered with the canvas cover.

    Every month, a Delivery Artisan will visit your home to refill or replace your Cutting Edge Firewood Rack. Used all your wood? Then we’ll replace the whole thing. Only used half? We’ll top it off. Want to try a different type of wood? Let us know and we’ll bring some along.

    Subscriptions are convenient and offer substantial savings to fire enthusiasts – you’ll always be prepared for cold winter nights or for memorable outdoor fires. Rack subscriptions are $199 per month and only available in our local delivery areas. The minimum subscription period is only 3 months.

Frequently asked questions about Subscriptions

  1. What’s the difference between a box subscription and a rack subscription? Our rack and box subscriptions are similar in many ways, but there are a few differences. First and most obvious, with our rack subscription you will receive the firewood in a carbonized steel, 2′ by 4′ rack. Our box subscription comes in…a box! Rack subscriptions are only available on a monthly basis, but box subscriptions can be for every week, every two weeks, or every month. The final difference is, when you have a box subscription, we bring you a brand new box every time your subscription period dictates. With rack subscriptions, we show up each month and replenish your existing rack.
  2. Does a rack subscription include the carbonized steel rack? Yes! We include the Cutting Edge Firewood rack with your subscription. There are no additional sign-up costs to receive the rack.
    premium firewood rack metal
  3. How long does a subscription last? Subscriptions can last as long as you want! The minimum subscription period is only 3 months, so you don’t need to commit to anything long-term.
  4. How much does delivery cost for subscriptions? If you are inside our local delivery zones, then delivery is complimentary on every box or rack subscription! For residents outside of our local delivery zones, shipping charges do apply and vary based on location.
  5. Can I have more than one subscription at a time? Yes! We have several customers who receive multiple boxes at a time or multiple racks at a time. For instance, you might choose a subscription for a monthly rack of hickory and a monthly rack of extended burn hickory.
  6. Which products are available for subscription? We offer a wide variety of subscription products for both racks and boxes. The best way to see what’s available is to visit our rack subscription page or our box subscription page.

If you have any more questions about how subscriptions work, feel free to contact us at anytime! We look forward to providing you with unmatched products and unparalleled customer service on a regular basis.

October 10, 2019

How much heat does your wood-burning fireplace produce? As temperatures throughout the Southeast continue to drop, more and more homeowners are turning to their wood-burning fireplace to warm their home. Not all wood-burning fireplaces, however, produce the same amount of heat. Some produce enough heat to eliminate the need for central heating, whereas others produce little or no heat. If your wood-burning fireplace falls under the latter category, you should consider the following tips to maximize its heating power.

Seal Thermal Leaks

If your home isn’t properly sealed, some of the heat produced by your wood-burning fireplace will escape. Therefore, you should inspect your home for thermal leaks, and if you discover any, seal them. A thermal leak is any “breach” that allows hot or cold indoor air to escape outside your home. During the summer, a thermal leak will cause cold air to escape. During the winter, it will cause hot air — including the hot air produced by your wood-burning fireplace — to escape. By sealing thermal leaks, you’ll create a more energy-efficient home while maximizing the heating power of your wood-burning fireplace in the process.

Some of the most common sources of thermal leaks in homes include the following:

  • Exterior doors
  • Windows and windowsills
  • Air ducts
  • Bathroom and kitchen vents
  • Electrical outlets
  • Walls
  • Attic
  • Basement

Install a Fireback

A fireback is an invaluable accessory that will help maximize the heating power of your wood-burning fireplace. Typically consisting of heavy-duty iron, stainless steel or cast iron, they are installed in the back of the firebox. Firebacks are typically used to protect the firebox from damage. While fireboxes can withstand significant heat, the constant heating and cooling can cause them to degrade. When this occurs, cracks or other forms of damage may occur. A fireback protects against damage such as this by creating an insulative barrier between the fire and the firebox’s rear wall.

Although they are used primarily to protect the rear wall of the firebox from damage, a fireback can also improve the heating power of your wood-burning fireplace. There are radiant firebacks, for instance, that are designed specifically for this reason. Their reflective properties allow them to “radiate” heat back into your home. Without a fireback, the rear wall of the firebox will absorb heat. If you install a radiant fireback in your firebox, on the other hand, it will radiant heat back into your home.

Burn Kiln Dried Firewood

The type of firewood you burn will affect the amount of heat produced by your fireplace. While it’s true that all firewood will produce at least some heat when burned, certain types of firewood produce significantly more heat than others. Fresh firewood is the worst type to burn. Also known as green firewood, it consists of wood logs that were recently harvested without being dried. Depending on the particular species of wood, fresh firewood may have a moisture content of over 100%. At 100%, fresh firewood contains half its weight in water. Unfortunately, its high moisture content prevents it from burning efficiently. It will likely still catch fire when exposed to a match or a lighter, but it will produce lots of black smoke and only a small amount of heat.

Kiln dried firewood, on the other hand, consists of high-quality varieties of hardwood that have been dried in a kiln. It contains less moisture than fresh firewood and even air-dried firewood. As a result, burning kiln dries firewood will produce more heat. In addition to its unparalleled heating power, kiln dried firewood also burns more cleanly, meaning it doesn’t produce as much as soot-filled smoke as other types of firewood.

Add More Firewood As Needed

You can turn up the heat with your fireplace by adding more firewood. Depending on the size of the logs, you might be able to start a decent-sized fire with just three pieces of firewood. Once they burn down, however, you’ll need to add more firewood to maintain the heat. If you have a firewood rack, consider placing it right next to your fireplace. That way, you can easily add more firewood as needed. Of course, you can store firewood anywhere you choose. If it’s placed in an inconvenient area, though, you may find yourself making fewer trips to collect more firewood.

Clean Out the Ash

Before building a new fire, clean out any ash leftover from the previous firewood. What’s wrong with building a new fire over a mound of ash? If there’s ash inside your fireplace, it will insulate your firewood, thereby reducing the heating power of your fireplace. When you build a new fire, the heat will stir up some of the ash lingering on the bottom of your fireplace. As the ash rises, it will land on your firewood, essentially insulating the wood logs.

For maximum heating power, try to get into the habit of cleaning out the ash each time you use your fireplace. Assuming the ash is cool, you can use a fireplace shovel to scoop and transfer it to a metal container. You can then either dispose of the ash or use it for other purposes, such as gardening compost or pest repellent. By cleaning out the ash, your fireplace will produce more heat.

Fully Open the Damper

Don’t forget to open the damper all the way when using your wood-burning fireplace. All fireplaces have a damper. It’s a controllable flap that’s found directly above the firebox inside the flue. Some homeowners believe that leaving the damper partially closed will improve the heating power of their fireplace. If the damper is partially closed, conventional wisdom may lead you to believe that it will insulate your fireplace, thereby creating a hotter fire. In reality, a partially closed damper will lower the heating power of your fireplace.

If the damper is partially closed, less air will enter your fireplace. And because all fires need oxygen, this will result in a smaller fire that produces less heat. If you’re going to build a fire in your fireplace, make sure the damper is fully open. With the damper fully open, more air will enter your fireplace.

Get Your Chimney Cleaned

If your chimney is dirty, your fireplace will produce less heat. Over time, a tar-like substance known as creosote may accumulate inside the walls of your chimney. When this occurs, it will restrict airflow into your fireplace, essentially staving your fires of fresh oxygen. But if your chimney is clean and contains little or no creosote, air can easily enter the fireplace to fuel your fires with more oxygen.

The problem is that it’s often difficult to tell exactly how much creosote and soot has accumulated inside a chimney. This is why the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) advises homeowners to have their chimney professionally inspected at least once a year. During an inspection, a professional chimney sweep will look inside your chimney to determine whether it needs cleaning. If there’s visible creosote lining the walls, he or she may recommend a cleaning service.

Stock up on premium kiln dried firewood by visiting our online store today. We offer a variety of kiln dried firewood, including oak, hickory and more, that will help you maximize the heating power of your fireplace.

September 27, 2019

Millions of U.S homes are constructed with a wood-burning fireplace. Consisting primarily of a firebox, flue and chimney, it allows homeowners and their family members to safely build fires inside their home using wood as fuel. While you’re probably familiar with the basic function of a wood-burning fireplace, you might be surprised to learn some of the benefits they offer. Below are nine benefits of having a wood-burning fireplace in your home.

#1) Natural Focal Point

A wood-burning fireplace serves as a natural focal point. When you and your family members gather in the living room, the wood-burning fireplace will likely be the center of the attention. It offers a unique and traditional focal point that’s not found in other living room accessories. With that said, you can also integrate a TV into your fireplace’s design. Many homeowners install a TV in their living room above the fireplace mantel.

#2) Heating During Power Outages

During winter snowstorms, ice will collect and form on tree branches. This added weight can cause them to fall and knock out under-hanging power lines. And once the power goes out, you won’t be able to heat your home using central heating. The good news is that warm your home during power outages such as this using a wood-burning fireplace. As long as you have plenty of dry firewood stockpiled, you can build and maintain a hot fire that radiates heat throughout your home. This alone is reason enough for many home buyers to choose a place with a wood-burning fireplace. Power outages are relatively uncommon in the Southeast, but they can and do occur. With a wood-burning fireplace, you can keep your home warm and comfortable until the power returns.

#3) Increased Home Value

When you get ready to sell your home, you may get better offers if it features a wood-burning fireplace. According to a survey conducted by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), a fireplace increases the value of a home by an average of $1,220. With that said, some buyers were willing to pay over $2,000 more for a home with a wood-burning fireplace. How exactly does a wood-burning fireplace increase the value of a home? Well, as you can see here, they offer a variety of aesthetic and functional benefits.

#4) Cheaper Utility Bills During the Winter

You can expect to pay less in utility expenses during the winter if your home has a wood-burning fireplace. Whether it’s gas or electric, central heating is expensive. Rather than relying strictly on central heating, however, you can use your fireplace to offset this cost. One study found that over 11 million homes in the United States use wood as their primary or secondary source of heat. It’s a cheaper and equally if not more effective way to heat your home during the otherwise cold winter months. It doesn’t consume electricity, power or gas. It only uses wood, which the fireplace burns to produce heat that warms your home.

#5) Pleasant Aroma

A wood-burning fireplace offers a pleasant and distinct aroma that most people enjoy. Nothing compares to the aroma of a wood-burning fire. As the firewood burns, it will release unburned particles that manifest as an aroma. Different species of wood produce different aromas. Cherry firewood, for example, has a mildly sweet and fruity aroma, whereas hickory firewood has a richer and heartier aroma. Regardless, building fires with high-quality firewood will produce a pleasant aroma that you and your family members will appreciate.

So, which variety of firewood offers the best aroma? It really depends on your personal preference. Some people prefer the aroma of cherry firewood, whereas others prefer the aroma or hickory or oak. You really won’t know which variety of firewood produces the best aroma until you use them in your wood-burning fireplace. By experimenting with different varieties, you can find the perfect aroma for your home.

#6) Natural Lighting

It’s also worth mentioning that a wood-burning fireplace will produce natural light. Rather than using traditional lighting, such as an overhead fixture or free-standing lamp, you can use your wood-burning fireplace. As the wood burns, it will produce both heat and light. Granted, a wood-burning fireplace isn’t a substitution for traditional lighting. However, you can still use it to illuminate your home during the evenings. If you’re watching a movie, for example, a fire can offer just enough light so that you and your family members can comfortably see without creating a blinding glare on the screen.

#7) Costs Less Than Gas Fireplaces

When compared to gas fireplaces, wood-burning fireplaces cost less to operate. Prices for natural gas have dropped throughout the country in recent years. Nonetheless, gas fireplaces still cost more to operate than their wood-burning counterparts. You’ll spend less money using a wood-burning fireplace than you would using a gas fireplace.

Gas fireplaces constantly consume natural gas while burning. If you use a gas fireplace for four hours, you’ll be charged for all the natural gas consumed during those four hours. With a wood-burning fireplace, on the other hand, you only have to purchase wood. And even the highest-quality firewood, such as kiln dried firewood, costs significantly less than natural gas, which is just one more benefit of owning a wood-burning fireplace in your home.

#8) Environmentally Friendly

You can rest assured knowing that wood-burning fireplaces are environmentally friendly. Whether it’s oak, hickory, cherry or any other species, wood is a sustainable and renewable resource. Many species of hardwoods reach maturity in just 20 to 30 years. The trees are cut down and processed into firewood, after which new seeds are planted in their wake. It’s a sustainable practice that makes wood-burning fireplaces environmentally friendly.

Furthermore, when compared to fossil fuels, wood is less taxing on the environment. If you use central heating to warm your home, you might be using electricity that’s created by the burning of fossil fuels. When burned, wood doesn’t release as much carbon dioxide into the atmosphere as fossil fuels. At the same time, trees absorb carbon dioxide from their surrounding atmosphere while they grow. If you’re an environmentally conscious person, you should take advantage of your home’s wood-burning fireplace this winter.

#9) Low Maintenance

Some people assume that wood-burning fireplaces require a lot of work and time to maintain, but this isn’t necessarily true. Aside from shoveling and disposing of ash at the bottom of the firebox, that’s pretty much the only maintenance they require. After building a fire in your wood-burning fireplace, wait until the ashes have fully cooled (usually takes about two to three days). Once cooled, scoop the ashes with a shovel and move them to a metal container. You can then either dispose of the ashes or save it for other purposes.

Why would you want to save the ashes from your wood-burning fireplace? Because of its mineral content, wood ash makes excellent plant fertilizer. You can sprinkle it around in your garden to bolster the health of your flowers and trees. Wood ash even deters common garden pests like slugs and snails. Pests such as these will avoid traveling over wood ash. These are just a few benefits of owning a home with a wood-burning fireplace.

Check out our premium firewood to use in your home’s wood-burning fireplace by visiting our online store today.

September 17, 2019

Whether you’re building a fire inside or outside your Lake Keowee home, you should invest in high-quality firewood for the best possible experience. It’s frustrating when you try to start a fire, only to discover that your firewood won’t light. Even if you’re able to light it, it may not produce any meaningful amount of heat. You can avoid problems such as these by purchasing premium firewood. Cutting Edge Firewood offers some of the industry’s highest-quality firewood, which we’ll deliver straight to your Lake Keowee home.

About Lake Keowee, SC

Located in South Carolina’s Oconee and Pickens counties, Lake Keowee is a man-made reservoir lake. Its origins can be traced back to the early 1960s, during which the South Carolina Land & Timber company purchased several lots of land in the area. Just a few years later, state officials selected Lake Keowee as the site for a new hydroelectric power plant. Duke Energy was ultimately awarded the contract, which eventually led to the creation of Lake Keowee. Today, Lake Keowee is one of the most popular and frequently visited lakes in South Carolina.

Fun Facts About Lake Keowee, SC

  • There are approximately 300 miles of shoreline on Lake Keowee.
  • Lake Keowee was named after the Cherokee town of Keowee.
  • At its deepest point, Lake Keowee extends nearly 300 feet deep.
  • The dam at Lake Keowee produces enough electricity to power roughly 7,000 homes per year.
  • Duke Energy uses some of the lake water to cool its three nuclear reactors.
  • In terms of size, Lake Keowee is about 25 miles long and three miles wide.
  • Healthcare and education are two of the biggest industries on Lake Keowee.
  • Lake Keowee has an average elevation of roughly 800 feet above sea level.
  • Nearly a half-dozen waterways connect to Lake Keowee, including the Keowee River, Little River, Whitewater River, Thompson River, Lake Jocassee and Toxaway River.
  • Duke Energy partnered with state officials to create the Keowee-Toxaway State Park, which consists of three individual parks located on and near Lake Keowee.
  • Some of the native fish species in Lake Keowee include largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, crappie, brown trout, rainbow trout, bluegill and catfish.
  • There are six boat ramps available on Lake Keowee.
  • Thousands of centuries-old Cherokee artifacts have bee discovered in Lake Keowee and the surrounding area.
  • In 1993, Lake Keowee residents formed an organization known as Friends Of Lake Keowee Society (FOLKS) to raise awareness for environmental and recreational issues.

Kiln Dried Firewood vs Seasoned Firewood: Which Is Best?

The terms “kin dried” and “seasoned” are often used interchangeably when referring to firewood that’s been dried. While similar, however, they aren’t necessarily the same. By definition, seasoning — when used in the context of firewood — refers to any drying method that’s used to lower the moisture content of wood. Kiln drying, on the other hand, is a unique type of drying method that involves the use of a kiln.

Most seasoned firewood is air-dried. In other words, it’s stored outside for long periods of time to achieve a lower moisture content. Depending on the specific type of firewood, it may take six months or longer to fully season. During this time, moisture will gradually evaporate from inside the firewood. Once seasoned, it’s sold and used as firewood.

Kiln drying isn’t just a faster way to dry firewood; it’s also more effective. When wood is placed inside the drying kiln, it’s exposed to heat and pressure, which essentially pulls moisture out of the wood. While air-dried firewood typically has a moisture content of 20% to 25%, the moisture content of kiln dried firewood is about 10%, meaning it contains about half as much moisture as its air-dried counterpart. As a result, kiln dried firewood is the best all-around choice for your Lake Keowee home. It’s easier to light, burns brighter, produces more heat and is cleaner than air-dried firewood.

Where Can I Find Kiln Dried Firewood for My Lake Keowee, SC Home?

You probably won’t find any roadside vendors in Lake Keowee — or elsewhere — selling kiln dried firewood. Rather, nearly all roadside vendors only sell air-dried firewood. This is because the drying kilns used to produce kiln dried firewood are expensive, commercial-grade machines. As a result, roadside vendors typically produce and sell air-dried firewood.

The good news is you can still purchase kiln dried firewood for your Lake Keowee. When you purchase kiln dried firewood from Cutting Edge Firewood, we’ll deliver it to your Lake Keowee home. As a Lake Keowee resident, you can even take advantage of our Artisanal Delivery Service. As explained here, this is our signature white glove delivery service. With our Artisanal Delivery Service, our dedicated delivery experts will not only bring you your kiln-dried firewood; they’ll stack it in your desired area while also answering any questions you have. Furthermore, kiln dried firewood purchased with Artisanal Delivery Service comes with a convenient and stylish rack.

How to Build the Perfect Campfire on Lake Keowee, SC

Building the perfect campfire begins with using high-quality firewood. Don’t assume that air-dried firewood is just as good kiln dried firewood. While air-dried firewood is certainly better than fresh or green firewood, it don’t offer the same level of performance as kiln dried firewood. Because it contains just half the moisture of air-dried firewood, kiln dried firewood is easier to light. Just place some tinder and kindling in the center of your firewood, at which point you can light it with a match or natural fire starter.

There are several different ways to build a campfire on the lake, one of the most common being a tipi. As the name suggests, this type of campfire is characterized by a cone-like shape resembling a tipi. After arranging your tinder and kindling in the center, you’ll need to stack several pieces of kiln dried firewood vertically around the perimeter. Each of these logs should be positioned so that they come together at the top.

Of course, you may need to add more kiln dried firewood to keep your campfire going long into the night. If your campfire begins to die down, carefully place two or three more logs in the middle. As long as your campfire has unburned, dry wood, it will continue to produce heat for you and your guests.

Don’t Forget to Extinguish Your Campfire

When you are ready to call it night and head indoors, extinguish your campfire by dousing it in water. Even if your campfire is no longer burning with a large and visible flame, it probably contains hot embers still. And all it takes is a sudden gust of wind to transport these embers to nearby brush or flammable structures. By dousing your campfire in water, however, you can rest assured knowing that the fire won’t spread.

In Conclusion

Experience the difference that kiln dried firewood makes at your Lake Keowee home by ordering a rack from Cutting Edge Firewood. For over a decade, we’ve been delivering the industry’s highest-quality firewood, as well as cooking wood, to residents throughout the Southeast.

Your search for firewood in Lake Keowee, South Carolina is over. Stock up on high-quality kiln dried firewood by visiting our order page now. After placing your order, we’ll deliver the kiln dried firewood directly to your Lake Keowee home.

September 12, 2019

Do you own a home on Lake Oconee? Located in Central Georgia — near Greensboro and Eatonton — it’s one of The Peach State’s most popular and frequented visited lakes. As a Lake Oconee homeowner, though, you might be wondering where exactly to source firewood for your home. As the Southeast’s premier vendor of high-quality firewood, Cutting Edge Firewood now delivers firewood, as well as cooking wood, to residents in Lake Oconee. With our Artisanal Delivery Service, we’ll deliver and stack your purchased firewood to ensure you have a smooth and stress-free experience.

The History of Lake Oconee

The history of Lake Oconee can be tracked back to 1979, during which Georgia Power constructed the Wallace Dam along the Oconee River. Once the Wallace Dam was created, water was allowed to fill the reservoir, eventually leading to the creation of Lake Oconee.

In the early 1980s, property developers began building homes on Lake Oconee. Around this time, the Reynolds family, which previously owned most of the land, began selling plots to developers. It wasn’t long until Lake Oconee became a thriving residential community. Today, there are hundreds of homes on and near Lake Oconee, some of which are used primary residences, whereas others are used as vacation or seasonal residences.

Fun Facts About Lake Oconee

  • Spanning roughly 19,000 acres, Lake Oconee is the second-largest lake in The Peach State.
  • Each year, thousands of professionals and recreational anglers alike visit Lake Oconee to fish for striped bass, largemouth bass, crappie, catfish and bullhead.
  • The largest largemouth bass caught in Lake Oconee weighed nearly 13 pounds. On April 1, 1990 — no, it wasn’t an April Fool’s Day prank —  Derell Waldrop pulled a 12-pound, 9-ounce largemouth bass from Lake Oconee.
  • To keep Lake Oconee clean, Georgia Power prohibits the use of large cabin cruiser boats.
  • Lake Oconee’s shoreline stretches approximately 374 miles.
  • Tourism plays an essential role in Lake Oconee’s economy.
  • The average water depth of Lake Oconee is 21 feet.
  • Around the dam, however, the water can reach up to 100 feet.
  • The water level at Lake Oconee drops by roughly 18 inches during periods of high demand for electricity.
  • Residents of Lake Oconee refer to the area s “Lake County” because of its close proximity to Lake Sinclair.
  • According to some real estate agents, Lake Oconee is the third-largest market for lakeside homes in Georgia.
  • Lake Oconee receives its namesake from the ancient Creek town of Oconee.

Choosing Firewood for Your Lake Oconee Home

Don’t assume all firewood is the same. Whether you’re planning to build fires inside or outside your Lake Oconee home, you should pay attention to the quality. High-quality firewood produces more heat and less soot-filled smoke than low-quality firewood. So, how do you know whether firewood is high quality or low-quality?

The quality of firewood is largely influenced by two specific factors: species and moisture content. According to Botanical Gardens Conservation International (BGCI), there are 60,065 species of trees in the world. While the United States is only home to about 1,000 species, that’s still a lot of different tree species. Each species of tree has unique characteristics that distinguish it from the 60,064 other species. As a result, some species of trees offer better firewood than others.

Hardwood tree species, for example, grow more slowly than their softwood counterparts, so they are typically denser. And because they are denser, hardwood tree species produce more heat when burned and used as firewood. Therefore, hardwood firewood — oak, cherry, maple, hickory, etc. — is higher quality than softwood firewood.

Moisture content plays a role in the quality of firewood of well. All wood, whether from a hardwood or softwood tree, contains moisture. Unless wood has been dried, it will have a high moisture content that inhibits combustion when burned. There are different ways to dry firewood and, therefore, lower its moisture content. The most common method is air-drying, which involves leaving firewood outdoors for six months or longer to slowly dry. An even more effective drying technique, however, is kiln drying. Kiln drying involves processing firewood in a heated and pressurized kiln.

Preparing Your Fireplace for Winter: What You Should Know

During the fall season, you should take steps to prepare your home’s fireplace for the upcoming winter weather. First and foremost, make sure you have plenty of high-quality firewood on hand. Conventional wisdom should tell you that you won’t be able to build many fires without a stockpile of high-quality firewood. Rather than waiting until the cold winter days, go ahead and purchase in firewood well in advance. This way, you can rest assured knowing that you can keep your Lake Oconee warm by using the fireplace.

You should also inspect and test your fireplace’s flue damper. The damper, of course, is a device found directly above the firebox in the flue that’s used to seal the fireplace when there isn’t a fire present. When you build a fire in your fireplace, the damper needs to be open so that smoke can escape and oxygen can enter. When you aren’t using your fireplace, on the other hand, the damper needs to be closed to prevent thermal leakage. If the flue damper is broke or otherwise doesn’t function properly, you won’t be able to control it.

Why You Should Use Our Artisanal Delivery Service

With our Artisanal Delivery Service, there’s no easier or better way to get premium kiln dried firewood for your Lake Oconee home. Available to residents in Lake Oconee, this is our signature white glove delivery service. How does the Artisanal Delivery Service work exactly? Using this service, one of our experts will deliver kiln dried firewood in a convenient and stylish rack straight to your Lake Oconee home. Therefore, you don’t have to worry about finding a place to store your firewood. Your kiln dried firewood will come hand-delivered in a canvas-covered rack, which you can place either inside or outside your home.

The benefits of our Artisanal Delivery Service don’t end there. When one of our firewood experts visits your home to drop off your firewood, he or she will gladly answer any questions you have. Maybe you want to know the best way to light your newly purchased firewood, or perhaps you want to which species of firewood produces the most heat. Regardless, you can use this opportunity to ask the firewood expert any “burning” questions that are on your mind.

How to Build the Perfect Campfire on Your Lake Oconee Property

There’s no better way to unwind and relax than by building a campfire directly on the lake. For the best experience, though, you need to use high-quality, kiln dried firewood. With its low moisture content, it will burn hotter and longer than fresh and even air-dried firewood.

Comfortable seating is equally important for a positive and enjoyable campfire experience. Adirondack chairs are a popular choice because of their long, reclined backrest. Alternatively, you can use traditional lawn chairs. Just remember to arrange the seating around the campfire so that you and your guests will face the fire.

Your search for firewood in Lake Oconee, Georgia is over. Stock up on high-quality kiln dried firewood by visiting our order page now. After placing your order, we’ll deliver the kiln dried firewood directly to your Lake Oconee home.

September 10, 2019

Don’t settle for low-quality firewood that’s difficult to light and produces little or no heat. Using our signature Artisanal Delivery Service, you can have premium kiln dried firewood delivered straight to your Cashiers, NC home. For over a decade, Cutting Edge Firewood has been delivering the industry’s finest firewood, as well as cooking wood, to residents throughout the Southeast.

The History of Cashiers, NC

Located in Southern Jackson County — almost on the border of South Carolina — Cashiers is a small unincorporated community spanning just a little over 1 square mile. The community has origins dating back to the early 1800s, during which Colonel John Zachary would frequently take family vacations to the area. At the time, there weren’t any homes or permanent residents constructed in the area. It wasn’t until 1833 when Zachary built a few initial log cabins. Once constructed, Zachary and his family began spending more and more time in the area now known as Cashiers.

Fun Facts About Cashiers, NC

  • There’s a historic High Hampton Inn in Cashiers that dates back to the early 1800s.
  • Cashiers has become a popular tourist for individuals and families looking to get away from the city.
  • Most people, especially those unfamiliar with the community, pronounce Cashiers incorrectly. The correct pronunciation is “cashers” and not “cashiers.”
  • With an annual precipitation of approximately 7.25 inches per month, Cashiers is one of the wettest areas in the Southeast.
  • According to a 2000 census, only 196 people live in Cashiers.
  • Cashiers has an elevation of 3,484 feet.
  • In addition to being wet, Cashiers is exceptionally cold. During July, the average temperature is just 78 degrees Fahrenheit, which is pretty cold for a midsummer day in the Southeast.
  • Cashiers is just a short driving distance from other well-known towns like Highlands, Sapphire and Glenville.
  • In the early 2000s, residents pushed state lawmakers to incorporate the community of Cashiers. Ultimately, however, lawmakers rejected the proposal because of tax implications.
  • The Fairfield Inn is a historic hotel in Cashiers that was originally constructed in 1896 to 1898. In 1982, the 100-room hotel was added to the National Register of Historic Places — a federal depository of historically significant buildings, homes and structures deemed worthy of preservation.
  • Popular activities in Cashiers include fishing, hiking, golfing, camping and mountain biking.
  • Cashiers is also known as Cashiers Valley due to its close proximity to several mountains.

Where to Find Firewood in Cashiers, NC

Because it’s such a small community, many Cashiers residents struggle to find firewood. If you own your home in Cashiers, you can always try gathering firewood from fallen branches and trees. Assuming the wood is located on your property, you can take and use it. Unfortunately, though, this isn’t the best idea. Fallen branches and trees typically contain a large volume of water. The wood may feel dry on the surface, but the inner core will likely be saturated with water. All this water trapped inside the wood interferes with its combustion process, resulting in less heat when burned.

Furthermore, fallen branches and trees may contain pests, including termites, ants, scorpions and spiders. Pests such as these often nest either underneath or inside wood. If you happen to pick up a piece of infested firewood, you could inadvertently bring these or other pests into your home. Unless you’re willing to take that risks (which you shouldn’t), it’s recommended that you avoid gathering and using firewood from your property.

How are you supposed to get firewood for your Cashiers home without sourcing it from your property? Here at Cutting Edge Firewood, you can order kiln dried firewood and have it delivered straight to your doorstep. Our kiln dried firewood is conditioned for 12 times longer than the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) standard for kiln drying. With a longer drying time, our kiln dried firewood burns hotter than other types of firewood.

How to Build Brighter, Hotter Fires

Whether you’re planning to build a campfire outside your home or use the fireplace inside your home, there are a few things you should do to build brighter and hotter fires. As previously mentioned, using kiln dried firewood will result in a hotter fire. It’s not uncommon for fresh firewood, such as fallen branches and trees, to contain half their weight in water. And with a moisture content of 100%, fresh firewood doesn’t produce much heat, nor does it burn very bright. When lit, the high moisture content prevents fresh firewood from burning efficiently. It may produce some heat, but fresh firewood typically produces lots of smoke with only a small amount of heat.

Kiln dried firewood, however, is prized for its low moisture content. Its low moisture content allows for a more complete and efficient combustion process when burned. Scientific jargon aside, kiln dried firewood burns brighter and hotter than other types of firewood.

Keeping Your Firewood Dry: What You Should Know

You probably won’t burn all your firewood in a single fire — and that’s okay. As long you store your unused firewood in the right area, it won’t go bad. Specifically, you need to store it in a dry area where it’s not exposed to moisture.

You have one of two options when storing your unused firewood: You can either store it inside your Cashiers home, or you can store it outside your Cashiers home. If you’re going to store firewood inside your home, consider using a rack to keep it off the floor. A high-quality rack offers a convenient and easily accessible storage solution for unused firewood. In fact, when you use our Artisanal Delivery Service, one of our delivery service experts will neatly stack the firewood for you.

If you’re going to store your firewood outside, on the other hand, you’ll need to make sure that it’s covered and off the ground. When firewood is placed directly on the ground, it will absorb moisture from the underlying soil. And when firewood isn’t covered, it will be exposed to the rain and elements, which can also raise its moisture content. A simple way to cover your firewood to place it under a roof or awning. To prevent your firewood from touching the ground outside, consider placing it on a wood deck or concrete slab.

Firewood vs Cooking Wood: What’s the Difference?

In addition to firewood, you may want to stock up on cooking wood. As the name suggests, cooking wood is designed specifically for cooking. You can still use it to warm your Cashiers home — or create a relaxing outdoor ambiance on your patio or property — but it excels in its ability to enhance the flavor and texture of food.

Cooking wood is available in several varieties, each of which produces a different flavor when burned. Oak, for example, has a mild smokey flavor, whereas pecan wood has a strong nutty flavor. When used in a grill or smoker, cooking wood will enhance the flavor of your food by injecting it with flavorful smoke. You can always use regular firewood in a grill or smoker, but high-quality cooking wood offers an unparalleled level of performance.

Your search for firewood in Highlands, North Carolina is over. Stock up on high-quality kiln dried firewood by visiting our order page now. After placing your order, we’ll deliver the kiln dried firewood directly to your Highlands home.

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