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How do you buy firewood?

What is the best kind to buy? How do you know what you are getting?

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Asked by SusieD250 at 2:45 PM on Nov. 21, 2008 in Home & Garden

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  • I get it from a guy who knows my dds fiance. Before that though I looked at ads in the paper or went to the flea market there are usually guys there with wood.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:50 PM on Nov. 21, 2008

  • Any kind of hard wood, such as oak, will burn for a long time, and is great if you want to keep the coals hot over night so it is easy to get your fire going again in the morning.

    Light wood, such as pine, will burn fast, but is great for starting out your fire, and putting on a hard wood once the fire is established.

    Buying wood is tricky, preferably get it from someone you know, or a friend of a friend, you know, someone halfway trustworthy. And shop around...The prices vary depending on how experienced the person is at selling wood...In my town you see someone selling a cord of Oak for $450, then down the road you see another cord for $ definitely don't jump on the first thing you see unless you know it is a good deal.

    Good Luck!


    Answer by CarolynBarnett at 3:05 PM on Nov. 21, 2008

  • Ah, and as far as how you know what you are getting....a light wood, such as pine, will flake easier, is lighter in appearance (almost white, maybe with a yellowish tint) and literally feels lighter when you pick a piece up then a piece of hardwood does.

    Hardwood is more solid and darker in color.

    For someone who doesn't really know the difference, it may be difficult for you to see what I am talking about without having 2 pieces side by side to compare.

    Answer by CarolynBarnett at 3:11 PM on Nov. 21, 2008

  • You really want to stick with oak if possible. It puts out the best heat out of the hardwoods. We also burn pecan but it doesn't burn as well. Stay away from pine, it is terribly dangerous. The sap from the wood can and will build up in your chimney and eventually catch fire. Pine and other soft sappy woods cause most chimney fires.

    Answer by luvmybabieskna at 8:07 AM on Nov. 23, 2008

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