Winter in Miami might not compare to the cold climate of other cities, but this year has seen its fair share of chilly temps. Sweaters are out in full force, and you know what that means: it’s time to light up a bonfire or get that fireplace roaring.
But with so little practice under our belts, many Miamians are left wondering just how to get those flames safely burning. When buying firewood Miami shoppers should know just what look for. Here are 3 simple tips for buying firewood.
Buy dry wood
The key here is ensuring the wood is dry. Right after being harvested, a tree is considered green, meaning it contains high water content. Seasoned wood, which is dry, is what you want to use as firewood. Various tree species dry at different speeds, which leads us to tip number two…
Choose the right species
It’s important to know the type of wood, which will make it easy to determine how long it will take to dry as well as how strong and hot the fire will burn. Species like ash are convenient because they dry quickly versus the oak tree, which also burns well but takes longer to season. For a longer-burning fire, use oak or hickory instead of quick-burning pine.
Know how much you’re buying
Generally, the most common firewood quantifying term is “cord,” which is a pile measuring 4’ x 4 x 8’. Note that the firewood might be cut into 16” lengths, so a cord would contain 3 rows or “ricks.”
Wood makes for an efficient and environmentally friendly fuel choice. Make sure to choose the right firewood, Miami, and you’ll have a beautiful bonfire throughout the season.