How long do I need to wait to burn freshly split logs in my fireplace?

I just acquired a stack of freshly split logs. Unknown species, I guess it is cypress or cedar! How long before I can burn it in my fireplace?


Answer

The time that you have to wait until burning your logs is dependent upon the drying conditions. If you live in a warm climate and have the firewood stacked and elevated in an area that is sunny and windy, they may be ready to burn in as little as 4-6 months. Otherwise it is best to let the wood season for a full year before burning.

If you want to know for sure, I recommend buying a moisture meter to test the wood. If it is below 20% moisture content, you'll know that it is ready to burn. Below is a moisture meter that you can buy from amazon.com:




Hope this helps!

-Firewood Matt

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