At what diameter (in inches) should I consider splitting wood, in order for it to be properly seasoned within one (1) year?

by Scott Parsons
(Northville, MI)

Your website suggests splitting large wood so that it can properly season for safer burning, while splitting smaller wood is not necessary. However, I am unsure as to what diameter of wood constitutes small versus large. I want to use and enjoy my fireplace safely, without adding any unneeded creosote build-up. Therefore, this information would be greatly appreciated.

Answer

Scott,

I suggest splitting any piece of firewood that is larger than 3" in diameter. The pieces that are 3" in diameter can still be split as that will expedite the seasoning process, but it isn't necessary.

It's best to have a variety of firewood that is between 3"-6" in diameter at the largest point across the log. The reason for this is because it gives you some flexibility when burning a fire. The smaller pieces (3") are necessary for starting a fire, and the larger pieces work great for longer burns (overnighters).

Thanks for checking out the site! I hope this helps.

-Firewood Matt

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