Fri February 14, 2014
Earth Calendar for February 14th and February 15th
A properly installed, correctly used wood-burning appliance should be smoke free. If you see or smell smoke that means you may have a problem.
When your wood-burning appliance is properly installed, building an effective fire requires good firewood and good fire building practices.
Season wood outdoors through the summer for at least 6 months before burning it. Properly seasoned wood is darker, has cracks in the end grain, and sounds hollow when smacked against another piece of wood. Wood burns best when the moisture content is less than 20 percent. You can purchase a wood moisture meter to test the moisture content of your wood before you burn it. Store wood outdoors, stacked neatly off the ground with the top covered. Burn only dry, well-seasoned wood that has been split properly. Start fires with newspaper and dry kindling or consider having a professional install a natural gas or propane log lighter in your open fireplace and to maintain proper airflow, regularly remove ashes from your wood-burning appliance into a metal container with a cover and store outdoors. Never burn household garbage or cardboard. Plastics, foam and the colored ink on magazines, boxes, and wrappers produce harmful chemicals when burned. They may also damage your wood-burning appliance.
If you burn wood in your home, even occasionally, EPA recommends you install a smoke alarm to alert you and your family in the event of a fire. To be effective, smoke alarms must be in the proper location and tested regularly. Batteries should be replaced regularly, too.
Burn Wise is a partnership program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that emphasizes the importance of burning the right wood, the right way, in the right wood-burning appliance to protect your home, health, and the air we breathe.
On Our Calendar: Enjoy a walk through Pattison Park and experience every step of the process as maple sap is turned into syrup. Meet at the Sugar Shack in the Pattison Lodge parking lot February 15th, 1:00 pm. More information at the website.