Buying the perfect amount of firewood to get through the winter can be trickier than it seems. As the days warm up and the burning season comes to an end, you may find yourself with leftover firewood. Here are some helpful tips if you’re wondering what to do with extra firewood until next winter. 

Use Firewood for Camping 

Camping is a great spring and summer activity. If you’ve got some logs left from winter, pack them with your camping supplies to use at the campsite. That way, you’ll have more time to spend with friends and family around the campfire instead of gathering kindling. Also, it could save you a bit of money because you won’t have to buy wood from the campsite. However, make sure you read campsite guidelines regarding bringing your own wood before you do so. Some areas don’t allow this due to invasive insects and fungus. 

Host a Bonfire 

Gather friends and family and use your leftover firewood for a bonfire. Spring and summer nights are a great time to hang out with friends and loved ones. Grab some outdoor chairs and some blankets and enjoy! 

Sell It 

Even if you no longer have any use for your leftover firewood, someone in your area might. Often, people are on the lookout for a good deal on firewood to use for camping or even some DIY projects. Look into how much a cord of firewood sells for in your area, and adjust that price to reflect the amount you’re selling. Use local buy and sell groups or pages to get the word out. 

Donate 

Many areas have organizations known as wood banks. Wood banks will accept unused wood and store it for future use. Later, they supply the firewood to those in need of help heating their homes. Usually, you will need to deliver the wood yourself, but some locations may offer pick up options. 

If there are no wood banks in your area, other charities or nonprofit organizations may accept firewood as donations. 

Store It for Next Winter 

If you store it properly, you can keep your firewood to use when it cools down again. Make sure the wood is stored off the ground in an area with ample air circulation. Also, make sure to store it away from your home or any other structures so that insects can’t get inside.

There are several great ways to put your leftover firewood to good use. Whether you want to use it up, sell it, or store it for next year, there are plenty of options. And, while you’re waiting for the weather to cool down again, schedule a chimney sweep and inspection to make sure your fireplace and chimney are in top shape for winter.

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Caps, Covers, & Damper Repairs

Living in the south, mainly along the Gulf Coast, then you know there are lost of rain storms. Actually, we get more rain than anywhere else in the country, including Seattle. The ranking of the most amount of rainfall goes as follows: Mobile, Pensacola, and Seattle in 41st.

This region has such a big deal about rain when it comes to chimneys and fireplaces. As the Chimney Safety Institute of America explains, “water, not fire, causes most chimney damage.”

“Whether masonry or factory-built,” says the CSIA, “prolonged water exposure can result in cracks or gaps in chimneys where creosote can collect and increase the risk of fire or where noxious gases can escape into your home and expose your family to carbon monoxide.”

Fireplaces, Chimneys and Leaks

In basic terms the problem with fireplace and chimney leakage is that water combines with the creosote that remains from fires to form an acidic mixture. Over time that mixture can eat out the silica in the mortar joints.
Once the joints are no longer secure, moisture — remember all that Gulf Coast rain — can get into the house through the chimney. For example, if water comes in through the chimney and is released under the shingles it can lead to the need for a roof replacement.

Also, without proper sealing, heat from fires can travel into areas which should not be exposed to heat, dry out wood, and in some cases actually cause the wood to catch on fire.

In fact, according to a staff report by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are about 22,000 fires a year which are associated with fireplaces, chimneys and chimney connectors. Such fires can cause substantial damage and in some cases may lead to fatalities.

Also, without caps it does happen that birds and animals get into fireplaces. Sometimes nests are built and in some cases animals unable to get out die inside chimneys and fireplaces. Noises and odors can result from such problems.

Caps, Covers and Dampers

You can protect your household with caps, covers and dampers. Caps with spark arresters are devices that go over the flue. They keep out both moisture and animals, plus they help prevent sparks from leaving the chimney. Covers are at the top of the chimney, go around the flue, and protect against moisture. Dampers are inside the chimney itself. They can help create a proper draft to achieve the best fire, plus when closed they prevent animals from getting into the house.

Cap, Cover and Damper Services

We can install, repair and maintain caps, covers and dampers. We inspect such devices as part of our basic chimney sweep services. We have many devices in stock and can recommend the equipment which is right for your fireplace and chimney, whether it is masonry or metal, new or historic.

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