How to Tell If Firewood Is Dry

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Whether you burn wood indoors in a wood-burning stove or fireplace or you enjoy a fire pit outside, you need dry firewood. Immediately after cutting, wood is green. Green wood is wood that has not had time to season. Seasoning is when the wood changes from green and moist to dry.

  • Look carefully at the ends of the wood pieces to ascertain if they are dry. If the ends are cracking and splitting, this is an indication that the wood is dry.

  • Look for bark on the surface of the wood. If the wood has bark and the bark is peeling from the wood surface, this indicates dry wood. If bark is present but not peeling away, this indicates green wood.

  • Check the color of the wood pieces. If the wood is gray in color, this indicates seasoned wood. Brown color indicates green wood.

  • Touch the ends of the wood to feel for moistness. If you feel dampness on the ends of the wood pieces, this indicates green or damp wood. Dry wood will not feel moist.

  • Lift several pieces of wood to assess the weight of the wood. If the wood feels light, this indicates dryness. If the wood is heavy, this indicates the wood is still green.

  • Hold a piece of wood in each hand and hit them against each other. If you hear a clunking sound when you strike them together, this indicates dryness. If you hear a thudding sound when you strike them together, this indicates green wood.

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