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Firewood is a renewable resource, provided the consumption rate is controlled to sustainable levels. Proper forestry practices applied to firewood allow the usage of a carbon-neutral, or even carbon-negative, energy source, since the carbon dioxide released by the burning of the firewood was previously absorbed from the ambient atmosphere through photosynthesis. As a result, firewood can be considered to be a form of solar energy.
 
Types of Wood…
Firewood can be either Hardwood (Deciduous Trees such as Apple, Birch, Cherry, Maple, Oak or Walnut) or Softwood (Conifers such as Fir, Hemlock, Pine or Spruce). Hardwoods burn much longer and tend to have a far higher heating value than softwoods. The densest Hardwoods–Beech, certain Maples, Hickory and Oak–produce the greatest heat, with an output of approximately 30% more BTU’s (the amount of heat needed to raise the temperature of 1lb of water 1° F) than other Hardwoods and about 50% more BTU’s than most Softwoods.
 
The Importance of Seasoning…

Whichever type of Firewood you choose, make certain that it has been properly seasoned. If you burn Wet or ‘green’ wood, you will use up thousands of BTUs heating up the moisture in the wood before it even begins to burn. Not only will this result in heat loss; you will also run the risk of having your chimney coated with “creosote”. A buildup of creosote in your chimney is dangerous, since it can ignite and cause an intense fire in the chimney as it burns itself off. This will necessitate more frequent chimney cleanings and may cause exensive damage to your chimney. Many homes have burned to the ground as a result of creosete chimney fires. In short, then, buying green wood for immediate use is not a good value – even if it is less expensive than a cord of seasoned wood.

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Did you Know…
The Chimney Safety Institute of America states that unlike the burning of fossil fuels, burning firewood releases no more harmful greenhouse gases than would be produced were the wood to simply rot on the forest floor.

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Our Commitment…
All our Firewood is sourced from harvesting operations in plantations and sustainably managed native forests that are regenerated and regrown, or from residue from salvage operations (e.g. thinning) or manufacturing processes.