Firewood (Survival Related)

Posted: August 16, 2012 in Survival
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Firewood is an important backup heating source for your fireplace and or woodstove if your primary heat source is not available or if you are looking to conserve generator use during an emergency situation.  The following are some important things to know about firewood.

  • Wood is usually purchased in cords which is = to the following.  A cord is 128 cubic feet of wood when stacked which is 4 feet by 4 feet by 8 feet.
  • Split wood can be stacked more tightly than unsplit round wood.
  • Wood when first cut is considered green since it has all of its sap and can limit the amount of heat which is put out, plus leads to creosote build up in your chimney.
  • Green wood becomes seasoned wood after sitting for a year.  Seasoned wood is dried out and is much better for burning and produces more heat.
  • Most people keep their cords of wood stacked outside but to save trips out to the woodpile, keep a sufficient quantity also stored in a cool dry place such as against a dry concrete wall in an unfinished basement.
  • BTU stands for British Thermal Unit and refers to the amount of heat a given type of wood provides.  The higher the BTU rating is the better the wood will burn.

  1. phoebe53 says:

    Good post, it’s easy for people to get ripped off because they don’t know the size of a cord. I learned this when I was young. The difference between split and whole is you lose some cordage with it being whole but you pay more for the split so you have to determine if it’s worth it to pay extra for someone to do all the work. I think it is.

  2. Happy to read your posts – common knowledge isn’t so common these days.

  3. Well that was very educational 🙂 I was vaguely aware that green wood wasn’t first choice for fires but that’s about the limit of my knowledge. I had no idea there were thermal units for the amount of heat given off or that stacks of wood were known as cords. Very interesting!

    • rmactsc says:

      Thanks europasicewolf. I got to thinking about the topic as I had planned and did finish my firewood holder in the corner of the basement just big enough to hold one cord. The rest of the firewood for emergency use stays outside 🙂

      • Left the rest of the firewood outside! For emergencies! Oh my Wolfie paw! What happens if it rains all over it and it’s soaking wet when you need it in an emergency?!! 😀

      • rmactsc says:

        The cord of wood in my basement will last a long time. If I see or hear of bad weather coming I tarp over the outside wood. Last october most of the state along with myself lost power for 8 days due to an early winter storm; so firewood really made the difference for heat and cooking, etc. Of course once the power came back on 8 days later having electricity and gas again was wonderful.

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