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Timber Home Living - - The Welcome Home Series -

IF BOOST­ING YOUR EN­ERGY IN­DE­PEN­DENCE and get­ting the most bang for your buck fac­tor into your de­ci­sion to put a wood-burn­ing unit into your tim­ber home, don’t let your ef­forts go up in smoke. The kind of wood you burn is just as im­por­tant as what you burn it in.

To re­duce fire­place emis­sions and min­i­mize cre­osote buildup, you’ll want to burn the hottest fires pos­si­ble. Hard woods, like cherry and oak, burn hot­ter than soft­woods, like pine. For best re­sults, re­gard­less of species, make sure the wood is well sea­soned. Never burn wet wood. This is a sure­fire way to push smoke and emis­sions back into your room, as well as cre­ate large amounts of cre­osote, which will coat your chim­ney and could cause the kind of fire you don’t want.

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