Firewood Buyer’s Basics

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Firewood-Buyer-Basics-001-blogYou want your firewood to have a moisture content of approximately 20%. If the moisture content is lower than 15%, such wood might be too dry to use in wood fired ovens since overly dry wood converts heat energy to smoke. One of the ways to check the condition of the firewood is to see if the cut ends are dark or have small cracks- if that is the case, it means the wood is too dry. Wet or damp wood on the other hand will not burn well and additionally will produce lots of smoke. If the wood is still greenish, most likely it has not been cured properly or at all and you will end up with clouds of smoke.

If your wood has been rained on and you are now stuck with wet firewood, there is a way to dry it out. A day before you are planning to use your wood, place the pile in a recently used, still warm oven.  This method will help you to literally bake all the dampness out by using the retained heat. Keep in mind to leave the oven door slightly open.

Why olive wood

Olive trees grow under the Mediterranean sun, benefiting from its climate. The trees tend to grow to be even centuries old, allowing the wood to mature and strengthen for maximum durability which is why olive wood is so hard, heavy and strong with a high overall density.

Since olive trees need to be pruned regularly, the offcuts make a perfect, eco- friendly material. And this is precisely how we work: we never cut down trees.

Olive wood burns longer than other types of wood due to high density and constant burning rate, with a specific gravity on average of 0.70 (ovendry weight/  green volume). Burning olive wood emits less carbon dioxide in comparison with other firewood. Moreover, the fire last up to 12 hrs.

Burning olive wood creates a unique scent and is characterized by an abundance of long- lasting flames comparing  to other types of wood.

Olive wood’s quality is unmatched: so versatile, so different and it can be used in fireplaces, wood ovens, Argentinian grills, you name it.

Benefits of Having a Fireplace in Your Home

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Divine-Olive-CosyFireplaces are favourite amenities that most buyers consider a plus when searching for a new home, for an extra touch of architectural vitality to a house, inside and out.  There is a number of benefits of having a fireplace in your home, and here are some of them:

Cozy Athmosphere

No other type of heating appliance offers the kind of cozy warmth that you can only get from a fire.  Whether you have an open hearth, a fireplace insert, a wood stove, or a pellet stove, you can watch the fire dancing as the outside cold melts away.  Fireplaces offer a cheerful place to gather around crackling flames with family and friends, to pull up in a favorite chair and read a good book, and enjoy countless other favorite indoor activities.

A Romantic Setting

Sitting in front of a fire with the person you love, perhaps sipping wine, can be very romantic.  Few features in the home offer an instant potentially dreamy escape, like a fireplace.

Warmth when the Electricity is Out

When the worst kinds of winter storms hit, electricity is often knocked out.  If you have a fireplace, you can still keep warm and have plenty of light.  People without fireplaces are freezing cold and waiting for the utility company to restore power.

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If you have a wood burning stove, you have the added benefit of being able to cook on it.  Save money on your utility bill by heating your soup or coffee on the stove as the fire warms your home.  Whenever the electricity is out in any season, meals will not be a problem, since you can still cook.  Even with an open hearth fireplace, you can roast marshmallows and hot dogs on sticks.

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Today’s wood burning appliances are incredibly efficient, producing plenty of heat to warm your home, meaning you can use less of the fossil-fueled energy supply.  Some of the latest models even make it possible to distribute the heat from the appliance throughout the home using existing ductwork.  In addition, when you burn wood, you are using a source that has a zero carbon footprint.  Some top-of-the-line wood burning appliances produce such a small amount of emissions, they qualify as smokeless heat sources.  Wood is a sustainable energy source, unlike fossil fuels.

 

Cut Energy Costs

As electricity costs continue to climb, fireplaces are becoming a popular primary heating source.  It costs less to purchase firewood for your efficient wood burning appliance than to heat your home using utilities that depend on fossil fuels.

Energy Independence

Fireplaces provide an opportunity to be less dependent upon utility companies.  You can take responsibility over your own fuel source, including how much you pay, due to various options as far as where and how to obtain firewood.  If you own a lot of heavily wooded property, you may even have an endless supply of free firewood.