Knowing a little about wood types will help you as you prepare to heat your home with a wood fire. Different woods have different percentages of water content and therefore will burn at different temperatures. If you know that there is a good source of willow tree wood available to you, you have to find out how green it is so you can dry it well enough to burn as fuel.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Splitting mawl
Cut the wood into fireplace or stove length sections or about twelve inches long with a chainsaw so that it fits easily into your firebox.
Split the sections in half and then again using an axe or splitting mawl, depending on the diameter of the logs, since the more exposure to air, the quicker the willow will dry.
Stack the wood so that it is off the ground and exposed to airflow, leaving it outside under a tarp if the air is not too humid or inside a shelter for humid areas.
Dry the wood for at least two months before using it as fuel.
Mix the soft willow wood with hardwood to help keep a hot fire since willow does not burn very hot.
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