Nowadays, most people are looking for alternative ways of heating their homes that are economical, efficient and eco-friendly. They discovered that the best way is using logs to produce the necessary heat to warm their homes. However, different logs process different amount of heat and emissions. Freshly cut logs produce same desired effect of fire and heat of seasoned logs but they burn faster and give out a lot of undesired emissions. This makes their use not only uneconomical but also the smoke they emit is not very environmental friendly. These are just some of the reasons that freshly cut logs are not recommended for burning.
To make freshly cut logs cost effective and environmental friendly sources of fuel, they have to be seasoned to reduce their moisture content. The drying process involves leaving them sit out in a dry warm space so that they could lose their moisture content to the surrounding dry air through evaporation. This seasoning process may take several months depending on the temperatures and weather conditions. Seasoned logs contain less than 20% of moisture making them produce a lot of heat over a longer period of time. They burn at a much slower rate making them pretty economical. When they are used in doors they produce lesser amount of smoke making them even far more environmental friendly. This makes them best logs option to use in heating your home.
The Log Seasoning Process
Seasoning is a long but simple process. In seasoning all you need is a good supply of wood and a dry warm area for keeping the freshly cut logs. The area where you will season your logs should have a free circulation of dry air to speed up the seasoning process. The area should also be covered with a solid roof to keep the rain off during the seasoning process. It necessary to place the logs in an elevated platform so that they do not lie directly on the ground. If not they can soak up moisture and consequently accommodate insects. These insect could eat away the soaked logs as a result. The seasoning area should be easily accessible and out door. This makes sure the area has a free flow of air which is necessary for effective seasoning. Seasoned logs should be properly stored to ensure their effectiveness with long period of burning and low emission fires throughout the cold season.
Since the seasoning process may take up to several months, the cost of seasoned logs can be quite expensive when compared to unseasoned logs. So it is more economical seasoning your own logs than buying seasoned logs. It is essential to commence seasoning your logs in the warm season so that they are ready in the cold season. This will give the logs enough time to fully dry up. Though freshly cut logs can be ready for burning in a few months, it is not a bad thing to save the freshly cut logs you collected and split this year for the next year cold season’s fires