Thanks to improved design in modern fireplace inserts and woodstoves, fire and wood burning safety is easier than ever to implement. Wood heat is wonderfully warm, romantic, and quaint, but if it causes loss of life and belongings, it loses its charm in a hurry. Fortunately, wood can now be as safe as any other method of heating.

If you are burning wood for the first time, make sure you invest in a safety-certified woodheating system, and make sure you have it properly installed. If you plan to use an older fireplace or stove, get it checked out by an expert and updated as necessary to make sure it is in safe working order. If you are an avid do-it-yourselfer, get plenty of good advice. Do your homework when it comes to learning fire and wood burning safety principles.

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A warm cozy fire in the fireplace is a great idea, but sometimes that fire is a challenge to start. To meet this need, a variety of firewood starters have been developed and marketed. Some are geared more to the campfire and survival techniques, while others are designed to be used in home fireplaces. People have also developed a variety of home recipes for firewood starter materials.

The traditional way to start a fire is to use kindling, but even small pieces of kindling sometimes need a little help to get started. A special type of firewood starter material is called fatwood. This is a commercially produced type of kindling made from aged pine. Pine tends to ignite easily and burn hotter than other types of wood, which makes it a great wood for kindling. You can even find attractive wrought iron baskets designed to keep fatwood fire starters near the fireplace or woodstove.

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Sugaring Off – How They Make Maple Syrup

September 2, 2012

Maple syrup, that yummy brown nectar, is the product of collecting gallons of slightly sweet maple sap and boiling away the excess water so that only the sugary syrup remains.  Sugaring off is a popular activity in the early spring in areas where maple trees grow wild.  Any type of maple can be tapped, but [...]

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Firewood Not Burning Properly

September 1, 2012

Burning firewood is something of an art as well as a science, but it will go better for anyone who has a good understanding of how it works.  There are several principles that if followed will help you have the fire you want in your woodstove. The most critical principle is that wood needs to [...]

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The Moose

August 31, 2012

The moose is a mammal of the Family:  Capreolinae  Genus:  Acles  Species : A. alces. There is a lot of confusion surrounding the Moose and the Elk and I shall ask you to refer to the article of this series pertaining to the elk. The moose is distinguishable from the elk by the configuration of [...]

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The Arborist and Their Tools

August 30, 2012

Anyone can trim a tree, but only a certified professional deserves to be called an arborist.  A genuine arborist is like a doctor for trees.  They are ultimately concerned with the health of each tree, not just with cleaning up a mess after a storm.  To be a certified arborist, you must study tree science [...]

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Wood As An Energy Source for Heat

August 29, 2012

With rising costs of fossil fuels, the importance of finding renewable energy sources is becoming more and more obvious. As fuel options go, nothing is quite like wood. Using wood as an energy source goes back thousands of years – to the first fires, really! If you’ve ever cuddled up in front of a fireplace [...]

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Helicopter Logging (heli-logging)

August 29, 2012

Helicopter Logging, or “heli-logging,” refers to the use of helicopters in harvesting selected trees from forests.  Helicopter logging, if it is done right, can have less impact on the local ecology than standard logging methods, but there are some safety hazards unique to logging with helicopters. Traditional logging requires roadways to be built into the [...]

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The Benefits of Using Wood For Heat

August 28, 2012

In this day and age of environmental concern, many people are looking into renewable energy sources.  The classic renewable heating source for homeowners is wood.  Burning wood is an inexpensive and pleasant way to heat your home, and unlike fossil fuels such as natural gas, coal, or propane, wood is completely renewable. So what are [...]

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Wood Heat, The Comforts Are Many

August 27, 2012

Everyone loves the comfort of an open fire.  Young people enjoy the light and heat of a bonfire as they roast hot dogs and toast marshmallows.  Campers wake voraciously hungry to the delectable smell of coffee, bacon, and a wood fire.  Lovers cuddle in front of a fireplace on a cozy winter night, and dream [...]

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