1. Less heat than dry wood.
Wet wood can have up to 100% moisture in it, which means your wood is more water than wood. Heating up all the water before your wood starts to burn is not the idea way to get a fire going, it takes a lot longer to get that fire box up to a decent temperature.
2. Fire Hazard.
When you are burning wet wood, you will notice it produces a lot more smoke that dry wood, this smoke and moisture is creating a build up of creosote in your flue, this creosote clogs your flue and can turn into a fire hazard if not cleaned and maintained.
3. Less Efficient.
If your burning wet wood, then your fireplace is working overtime. You are not getting the most efficient performance you could be getting. You will notice a huge difference when you burn dry wood, the firebox glows hot, the glass stays clean and there is less smoke. You can even hear a difference in the burning, with dry wood you will get that crackling fire sound and the wet wood will be more of a sizzling steaming sound.
4. Health Hazard.
Burning wet wood may also be dangerous to your health by producing extra smoke and particles into the air.
Top tips for drying wood…
- Split wood into the right size for you wood heater, cut in spring or summer for next winter.
- Keep wood stack raised up off the ground.
- Store wood undercover especially in the winter
- Stack firewood in a single row so the sun and breeze can draw the moisture out the cut ends
When you burn dry wood in a Lopi large wood heater it will burn for 12 hours on one load of wood, now that efficient!!!!