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Turning Deadwood into Firewood

If you have a dead tree in your yard, it is time to cut it down.   Dead wood can be used for firewood or wood chips but make sure you dry it first.

When drying your wood, the goal should be 20% moisture content.  You can check the moisture level by using a moisture meter found in most hardware stores.  Wood needs to be stored between 6 and 12 months to be fully dried.  Here are some tips:

  • Cut the wood into the right length so it fits in your fireplace or fire pit.
  • Split the wood before you stack it.  Wood should be cut into pieces with a diameter of six inches or less.
  • Store the firewood off the ground. Having the wood six inches off the ground allows the bottom of the wood pile to dry.  You can do this by having the wood on a rack or arranging branches at the bottom of the pile.
  • Cover the top of the pile, but leave the sides exposed.  The best material to do this with is by using a heavy duty, clear, plastic tarp.  This allows the sunlight in but keeps the moisture out.

Call Dan N Sons Tree Service in the Portland area if you need to hire a professional to give advice or cut down your dead tree at 503-684-4199.

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