Did you know that even seasoned firewood can produce air quality issues when it’s not burned properly? Below are some good tips on how to avoid this from the Benton Clean Air Agency in Washington that apply here in Interior Alaska, too. Click here for the page in which this information can be found.
THE FIRE: GIVE IT AIR!
The right amount of air gives you a hotter fire and more complete combustion. That translates to more heat from your wood and less smoke and pollution. Here are some cleaner burning tips:
- Build small, hot fires. Don’t add too much fuel at one time.
- Step outside and check the chimney or flue. If you can see smoke, your fire may need more air.
- Read and follow the stove manufacturer’s instructions.
- Don’t “bank” the stove full of wood and damper down the air supply. This wastes wood, produces much air pollution, promotes accumulation of creosote (which requires more frequent cleaning and can lead to chimney fires) and yields very little heat. Half-full is adequate; it provides enough air space for efficient combustion.
- Don’t damper down too far. Allow enough air to reach the wood. This varies among models and kinds of stoves.
- Make sure your stove is the right size for your home. Too large a stove will overheat your living space. You’ll want to damper down. This causes added pollution and wastes wood.
- Don’t burn in moderate temperatures. You’ll want to damper down, which causes more pollution and wastes wood.
- Don’t burn when air currents carry your smoke to your neighbor’s yard or house.
- Only burn dry, seasoned firewood, never garbage. Burning garbage is illegal in the state of Washington and creates a greater health hazard.
An Anchorage Dispatch News article titled “Summer Heat, Invasive Insects Take Toll on Interior Alaska Birch Trees” (http://www.adn.com/article/20141011/summer-heat-invasive-insects-take-toll-interior-alaska-birch-trees) was published on October 11, 2014. Though times have been hard for our local trees, there is a bright side for Wayne Hunter the Wood Cutter customers…
Did you know that purchasing your firewood from Wayne Hunter the Wood Cutter is *helping* the health of our local boreal forests? By removing over-mature trees and exposing the mineral soil through a process called “scarification” in the areas that he cuts your firewood from, he is working to regenerate the forests with healthy new birch and spruce!
Wayne is also helping local boreal forest wildlife health. When he cuts in the winter, the tree tops provide a great, easily accessible food for moose. Whenever it is safe to do so, he also leaves some rotten top birch as a habitat for nesting birds, wood peckers, small owls, flying squirrels, and other animals who call such a tree “home” and make use of them.
Doing what Wayne does isn’t just important for our local forests, it’s also important for our personal and local economies. To be able to use this wood as firewood puts it to excellent use! It is also most often cheaper than heating oil, and because Wayne sells his wood green for customers to season themselves, it is usually cheaper than seasoned firewood.
Though some of the rounds and logs Wayne delivers have decay in the middle due to the trees being over-mature, he guarantees that after the decay is removed, each of his customers will have a full cord of solid, hard birch. If you garden, the decaying wood can go straight to your compost pile (just be sure to add some “green” nitrogen material with it, as it is considered a “brown” carbon material), so while you may not be burning it, it is still adding to your personal economy by enriching your garden soil and what grows in it!
Wayne is honored to work with state and local foresters to provide the forest and his customers with what each needs: affordable energy and healthy forests. He loves the beautiful forests that he works in, and he loves being able to provide a necessary fuel source to those who, like him, call this part of beautiful Interior Alaska “home”.
Thank you to each of you who has bought Wayne Hunter the Wood Cutter’s green birch firewood. You have not only invested in your personal warmth (which is a huge deal here in Interior Alaska!), but a small family and veteran-owned and operated business, and our local forests. We also thank each of you who support him in what he does by your friendship, encouragement, and “Liking” this page and his posts. You’re the best customers and friends that a wood cutter could possibly have and we appreciate you!
Our area of Interior Alaska is a bad place to find oneself caught between the rock of having to burn green firewood and the hard place of purchasing heating oil during the cold winter months. Fortunately, there is a way to prevent finding oneself in such an undesirable predicament… Now is the perfect time to stock-up on firewood for next (2015-2016) winter by purchasing green 100% birch firewood from Wayne and letting it season for about a year. There’ll be no home heating rock and hard place for those who do this, but most likely only peace of mind, money savings, and worry-free seasoned firewood burning! Oh – and preparing ahead for next winter with Wayne Hunter the Wood Cutter’s green 100% birch firewood has never been more easily affordable with his zero-interest payment plan options, PayPal payment ability, and by his being an authorized State of Alaska HAP vendor (for more information, click here)! Now is the perfect time to “Buy Now, Season Yourself, and Save Money!” with Wayne Hunter the Wood Cutter’s green 100% birch firewood!