September Home Maintenance To-Do List
By: Danny Lipford
To-Do #6: Cut and Stack Firewood
Enjoy the last warm days of the season by stocking up on firewood and splitting and stacking it neatly in your yard. For the safest and best fires, and to reduce creosote buildup in your chimney, burn only hardwood logs that have been dried and aged for at least a year.
Not all fireplaces are created equal, so cut your firewood to a length that will easily fit inside your fireplace. Split it into manageable sizes, saving smaller pieces for kindling.
You can buy a rack to hold your firewood, or stack it in old-fashioned cords. Whatever you choose, locate your woodpile away from your home to help prevent insects, rodents, and snakes from moving indoors for the winter.
Even though it’s often called a “woodpile,” make sure your firewood is stacked neatly and safely, so that you don’t trip in the dark and it doesn’t fall over on a child. You may also want to put a tarp over the stack to keep it dry and ready to use in all kinds of weather.