How does Habitat Services provide better quality Firewood?
The secret to quality firewood is in our drying shed facility. The drying shed provides better quality control of the wood, helping us reach the goal of lower moisture content in our firewood. Many of today’s efficient burning wood stoves require a lower moisture content in the firewood they burn. The lower the moisture content, the less smoke, and the less smoke the better for the air quality and environment. Here are the steps we take to give you a consistent measure of high quality hardwood firewood to keep you warm this winter.
1. Start with Local Unseasoned Hardwood. All our firewood is locally sourced hardwood—typically White or Red Oak, and sometimes Hickory. We do NOT process poplar or pine. We truck the green hardwood pieces to our facility and let it season naturally for 12 months. Hardwoods such as Oak burn longer and hotter, resulting in more BTUs generated to heat your home.
2. Process Uniform Sized Pieces. After 12 months, we process (split) the seasoned wood into easy-to-handle, uniform sized pieces approximately 16 inches in length. Some variation always exists, but we sell a consistent measure of wood, typically a 4 ft by 8 ft stack of approximately 350 sized pieces. There will always be some variation.
3. Finishing & Drying. We move the processed, seasoned wood into our protected drying sheds. Passive solar radiation, air circulation and protection from rain/snow help dry the seasoned wood for about a 4 week period.
4. Ready to Burn. Our high quality, seasoned firewood is ready for your home and hearth. We can deliver or you can pick up.