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SOURCE: First Choice Chimney
First Choice Chimney, located in Flower Mound, TX, suggests that choosing the right firewood can help reduce fire safety hazards in your home.
Flower Mound, TX (PRWEB) January 01, 2013
First Choice Chimney advises consumers to choose their firewood carefully, since it can be crucial to fire safety. Quality seasoned and dry firewood enables your fireplace or stove to burn hotter and cleaner, reducing odor, smoking, and creosote buildup over time.
First Choice suggests that the dryness of the wood should be considered before burning it. Freshly cut wood normally contains 35-50% water and should be seasoned and matured before burning, allowing for a cleaner, hotter burn. Well seasoned firewood is wood that is cut and/or split 6-12 months in advance of use and properly stored. Burning wet wood runs the risk of burning acidic water deposits called “creosote” that form over time, which can be a serious fire safety hazard.
When purchasing firewood, First Choice recommends looking for wood that is heavy due to its thickness instead of its water retention, has dry and cracking bark, and has darkened ends with visible cracks or splits. Beyond the dryness, First Choice Chimney says that all wood has the same BTU content, but a cord of seasoned hardwood weighs twice as much as cheaper softwood. With this said, the hardwood also contains twice as much potential heat, meaning it is a better investment for consumers.
First choice Chimney also urges customers to purchase firewood in the spring and store it for winter. The storage of firewood is particularly important as well. Make sure that it is not exposed to rain or snow by keeping it raised off the ground and covered.
Lastly, pay attention to what you are burning. Wood that has been painted, construction scraps, or fence wood should not be burned due to the chemicals that can be trapped inside or on the surface of the wood. First Choice Chimney says that artificial logs are generally safe if used correctly, meaning positioned carefully and used one at a time. If in doubt, make sure to read any instructions and/or warnings before use.
First Choice Chimney Sweep is located in Flower Mound, TX, and offers a variety of chimney care services from repair to installation. For more information about First Choice Chimney, visit their website at http://www.firstchoicechimney.net.
About the company:
First Choice Chimney Sweep offers a wide variety of chimney and fireplace products and services to accommodate all Installation, Restoration, and Maintenance needs. Simply put, their professional staff provides the very best chimney care available.
The pride they take in their craft is reflected in the quality of their workmanship. First Choice Chimney Sweeps assure fast, reliable service performed in a friendly and courteous manner. Their company is fully insured, with a $1 million liability policy for protection. They follow the guidelines set forth by the Chimney Safety Institute of America for all chimney installation, cleaning, and inspections. For more information, please visit their website at http://www.firstchoicechimney.net.
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