Category: Homeowner Help

Tips for Splitting in Nasty Weather

For many of us outdoors-people, the winter months offer a much needed respite from working long days in the sweltering summer heat. But cold winter weather can present some serious risks if you don't take the proper precautions. Frostbite, hypothermia, and cold-related injuries are common but preventable. While most of our wood cutting is taken care of and stocked up for the winter, there are still times you'll need to get work done outdoors - whether splitting wood or not.

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Comparing Firewood to Other Heating Methods

With steadily rising fuel costs, many people are turning to alternative methods for heat. Heating by natural gas, electricity or fuel oil is not cheap. And while more work may go into cutting down, splitting, seasoning and bundling, firewood remains a good option for heating your home. Take a look at how a cord of air-dried wood in a variety of different species compare in heat output to other fuels.

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Back-Saving Tips for Working Outside

Wood cutting and working outdoors can put a great deal of physical stress on the body. Lifting, carrying, and operating heavy materials or equipment are often especially hard on the back. In fact, various studies have shown that trades associated with the outdoors, construction, and heavy machinery have a higher incidence of back injuries and strains than many other occupations.

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Strategies for Stacking Wood

True or False: There is a right (and a wrong) way to stack firewood. Whether you agree or disagree with this statement, one thing stays consistent - you've cut down the trees and split the wood. The hard part is over but one crucial task remains, you must turn your messy pile of lumber into an orderly, efficient, and attractive stack of wood to keep your fireplace (or your customers) burning strong throughout the colder months.

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