Getting the best burning firewood

New London

Flemings Feed and Garden Center is now in the firewood business.

“Standard is 16 inches because it will fit into most fireplaces and wood stoves easily that way,” explains manager Ambry Ducharme.

She describes how to know you’re getting the best burning wood. 

“You don’t want it to be super heavy,” said Ducharme. “You don’t want to have moisture coming out of it because that means it’s probably too green and not seasoned enough.”

The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has some of the same advice for those who burn wood to keep warm.

DEEP says you should buy hardwoods.

“Ours happens to be a blend of oak and ash,” said Ducharme.

Hardwoods burn hotter and longer and the wood should be seasoned for at least six months.

“If you try to burn something that was cut too recently it’s considered green and it has too much moisture,” said Ducharme.

The state also says you should buy local.

“They don’t want fungus or bugs or anything crossing state lines,” said Ducharme.

Like the Emerald Ash Borer which was first discovered in Connecticut back in 2012. 

The state advices people make sure they get what they pay for. A cord of wood should be four feet high, four feet deep, and eight feet long.

The DEEP says you should also stock up early because in the middle of winter the supplies could go down and the prices could go up.

Last winter Flemings had a tough time getting more wood from its supplier.

“They couldn’t produce any new cut firewood because the temperatures were so cold outside they couldn’t even run their equipment properly,” said Ducharme.

And if they have to wait so do their customers. But there’s plenty of wood now at the Stonington garden center.

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