When you have a tree removal done, you may want to consider keeping the waste for yourself to save money on disposal. You may want to use the material for firewood to heat your home. This means that you will need to cut the lodges, split the wood and stack it for drying. Here are some tips to help split and store the firewood from your tree removal waste:
1. Cutting Trunks Into The Size Lengths You Need
When you buy firewood, it may come in various different lengths, but when you cut it yourself, you can make it the perfect size. For wood stoves, you will want to cut the wood into shorter lengths that are ideal for fitting in a wood burning stove. If you have a fireplace, you may want to cut sections a little longer for larger pieces that give you more burn time.
2. Allowing Cut Timber To Dry Before Trying To Split It
Once you have cut your logs into sections, you will want to give it time to dry before splitting it. You can stack it in a dry place and leave it for a few months. When you stack the wood, try to leave space between the ends to allow it to dry because wood dries from the ends and may still be green if it does not have good air circulation
3. Using The Right Tools To Split Your Firewood Efficiently
When you get ready to split your firewood, you will want to have the right tools. An axe and hatchet can be good for cutting wood and moving it around, but are not for splitting. To split the wood, use an axe maul, which is designed for splitting firewood. To split logs more efficiently, put them in an old tire or tie a loop of rope around them to keep them together as you split the entire log.
4. Stacking And Storing Your Wood To Allow It To Season
Stacking your firewood is also important, which you want to stack it in a way that allows air to circulate, so it dries properly. To do this, you can stack it in small log-home style stacks that are open in the middle. This will allow the wood to dry quicker and evenly. After a year, you should have the perfect stack of well-seasoned firewood.
These are some tips to help you make firewood out of your tree removal waste. If you have a tree that is too close for comfort, contact a tree service, like Todd's Tree Service Inc, and talk with them about removing it, so you can use it as firewood.