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To everything – especially wood – there is a season

Selecting, and burning, the right firewood yields multiple benefits for you and your fireplace or stove. As experienced experts, we at Old Smokey’s Fireplace & Chimney are pleased to share our lessons learned on firewood. Basically, “use seasoned firewood” is our simplest and most direct advice. Seasoned firewood has several characteristics that will serve you well. For one thing, seasoned firewood tends to light more easily. And seasoned firewood typically burns more readily and efficiently.

Seasoned firewood has approximately 20 percent moisture content. How do you season firewood? Generally speaking, stack it and dry it for at least six months before you burn it in your fireplace.

Your choice of the type of seasoned firewood also affects the quality and type of fire you have in your fireplace or stove. Old Smokey’s recommends hardwoods such as oak, hickory, and elm because hardwoods produce a longer-lasting fire.

While we are speaking of the right type of firewood, it’s a good time to discuss burning responsibly. Old Smokey’s endorses responsible burning that produces low emissions and minimizes impacts on air quality. By using a late-model fireplace or stove, your wood-burning appliance will most likely comply with EPA recommendations and requirements that restrict the amount of particulates that enter the atmosphere. Talk to the pros at Old Smokey’s. We can confer with you on possibly upgrading your fireplace or stove — for more efficiency and cleaner burning. And we can discuss how the use of wood, a biomass fuel, can result in good environmental stewardship. (Check out this informative article on “responsible wood burning” from the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association, or HPBA.)

Come on in and talk firewood with us. Old Smokey’s understands what works best with your particular fireplace or stove. We can walk you through what the best selections of firewood are, so that you have a solid return on investment when it comes to heating your home.

For more than 20 years, Old Smokey’s has been a go-to fireplace and chimney resource for homeowners like you. People think of us as family — rightly so, because that’s how we treat our customers. It’s a feeling we like to convey.

Our service area covers northern Indiana, northern Ohio and mid-Michigan. We are glad to serve customers from Elkhart in the west to Ypsilanti in the east, from Lansing in the north to Defiance and Fort Wayne in the south.

Old Smokey’s has received Super Service Awards from Angie’s List, and we are members of the National Chimney Sweep Guild. We are highly trained, dedicated professionals who are pleased to look for chances to improve customer satisfaction. Your challenge is our opportunity.

Call us at 260-424-0009 or 800-876-6539 or click here now to schedule an appointment.