Sourcing Firewood from Tree Removal

What Wood Works Best

Now that it’s getting colder, visions of cuddling up by the fire may be dancing through many minds. Therefore, those with wood-burning stoves and fireplaces have some work to do first. If you want to source the wood yourself, you have some planning to do as well. Here are some things to consider when looking for the best burning materials, including any firewood from tree removal.

Sourcing Firewood from Tree Removal

If you’ve recently had a tree removed from your property and want to chop it for firewood, there are a few things to consider first.

Type of wood. Not all wood burns the same. Some heat more, burn longer, and produce less ash. If you’re interested in better heat production, use hickory, apple, red or white oak, sugar maple, and beech. Try to stay away from white cedar, basswood, and cottonwood, as they don’t burn as well.

Condition. If you had to cut down a tree because it was dead, it could still make for good firewood, but only if it’s completely dry. Bare trees with no leaves, needles, and with or without bark are ideal. It’s better if the tree was still standing before it was cut, as parts that have fallen could already be rotting or decay.

Once you chop the wood, store it somewhere it can safely dry out. Wet wood is both hard to light and dangerous for your fireplace or stove. If your woodpile does get wet, find another wood source while it takes time to dry out.

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From tree health diagnostics to efficient tree removal, Elite Tree Care has the expertise to satisfy all of your yard needs. If you have questions about your tree’s firewood potential, contact us for a consultation. Stay safe and warm this winter, and continue to put your trees to good use.

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