One of the great enjoyments of a night in front of a cozy fire is the crackle and pop you hear as flames work their way through a piece of firewood.
Well, at the Chimney Safety Institute of America, we like that sound, too. What we don’t like is a ‘spitting’ sound — and that’s the noise that results from flames encountering wet firewood. The “spitting” is water that’s in the wood, boiling off.
If firewood is too wet, that can create excessive smoke, which is wasted fuel. [Additionally wet wood in a fireplace is more challenging to sustain.]
As our friends at EPA Burn Wise explain, hotter fires save wood – ultimately saving you time and money. [Burn Wise is a partnership program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that emphasizes the importance of burning the right wood, the right way, in the right wood-burning appliance to protect your home, health, and the air we breathe.]
CSIA agrees 100% with EPA Burn Wise, and we posted a short video on our YouTube channel showing you what wet wood sounds and looks like as it is consumed in the fireplace.
Keep in mind that when we talk about wet wood, that can either be from firewood that is unseasoned or from seasoned firewood left out in the rain or stored on the ground, unprotected.
We have more tips on what you need to know when burning firewood on our website for homeowners interested in learning more about how their fireplace, wood stove and chimney operates. Or, those that are interested in hiring a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep located in their community can do so using our zip code locator.
And here’s even more useful information about the importance of using dry wood.