Wayne Hunter the Wood Cutter Announces Free Firewood Fridays!
Wayne most sincerely believes that every Interior Alaskan home should have a wood stove and emergency supply of seasoned firewood available for use if the need arises. He also wholeheartedly believes that we, residents of the Fairbanks North Star Borough, can take great care of the air we share without a great deal of government (local or state) involvement, in large part by burning seasoned wood properly.
To do his part in making both of these things happen in our wonderful borough, he is honored to introduce “Free Firewood Fridays”! Here are the details:
- Every Friday morning at 7:00 a.m. (unless an emergency comes up and we are unable to get to a computer to post), Wayne will announce a category or qualification in which one or two people – who fit the category or qualification – can reply and win a *certificate for a free cord of Wayne’s cut, split, guaranteed, and delivered firewood or $300 off the price of one log truck load!
- An **example of a category or qualification is, “The first two FNSB heavy machinery mechanics to reply to this post each wins a certificate for one free cord of Wayne Hunter the Wood Cutter’s cut, split, guaranteed, and delivered firewood!”
- No purchase is necessary.
- Right now we can only do this through Facebook, so please, go to this post on his Facebook page and share it with your firewood burning friends so that they can keep any eye out for the opportunity to win, too!
- We ask that everyone who replies to receive the firewood certificate is honest about their category or qualification and that each person either burns wood now or plans to next year.
- We ask everyone who wins not to burn the wood while it’s green, but to season it for use next winter.
- This offer is for Fairbanks North Star Borough residents only, who have delivery addresses in the FNSB.
- Each “replier” has to be the person him or herself, i.e. no winning for anyone else.
- Each winner will be asked to show proof of meeting the category or qualification before delivery.
- Be sure to “Like” Wayne Hunter the Wood Cutter’s page on Facebook and check “Get Notifications” or check back on Friday mornings at 7:00 a.m. for opportunities to participate!
- Each person participating may only win up to two cords a year through Wayne’s Free Firewood Fridays.
- We are not sure, at this time, how long Free Firewood Fridays will last, but look very much forward to giving it a try!
Wayne Hunter the Wood Cutter’s Free Firewood Fridays begin this week (Friday, October 24, 2014)! Please feel free to share this information with your local firewood burning friends! Together, we can be prepare for future Alaskan winters and achieve the healthiest local winter air quality possible!
*Certificates have no cash value. Each certificate is redeemable for one year from the date it is received. Certificates are non-transferable.
**This is an example only, and probably not this Friday’s category :).
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 trees “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 (click here to learn more about this, if you’d like), 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, reading this blog, and “Liking” his page and posts on his Facebook page (linked to in the right side bar of this page). You’re the best customers and friends that a wood cutter could possibly have and we appreciate you!