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5 Reasons to Make Early Spring "Firewood Time" at Your Home
By Susan Penney
As the weather hints of warmth and the spring buds appear on trees, firewood
may not be the first thing that comes to mind. But early spring is the ideal
time to buy or gather your firewood for your fireplace or woodstove. Why?
Here are 5 good reasons:
1. Firewood needs at least six months to season. If you want your firewood
ready for the cool days of next fall, nows the time to be getting it.
2. Insects living under the bark are dormant in early spring. When you store
firewood now for use next fall or winter, any insects will likely die before
you bring the firewood into your home. Thats a plus!
3. Prices for firewood are generally down in early spring, and the supplies
are good. Buying now instead of waiting for cold weather to buy your firewood
will save you money.
4. Fuel costs, especially the cost of heating oil, are rising. Many people
will be turning to their fireplaces as a source of supplemental heat, especially
when they see their fuel bills next winter. So next fall is expected not
only to have the regular seasonal increase in firewood prices but also to
see additional price increases due to unusually high demands. Buying your
firewood now puts you ahead of those price increases that are forecast for
firewood next fall.
5. Landowners whose property has been logged will welcome you if you ask
permission to salvage firewood. Loggers leave behind about 50% of each tree,
cluttering the landscape but providing you with free firewood. With a chain
saw and a wood splitter, you can tailor your firewood to the dimensions of
your fireplace. Theres considerably less competition for this free
firewood in early spring than there is during the cooler seasons.
So go ahead and let your thoughts turn to springtime, but get a jump on next
fall now, too. When the cool weather returns, youll be glad to have
your seasoned firewood waiting for you.
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