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Rainy summer leads to seasoned firewood shortage in the Maritimes

Shelly Steeves, reporting
November 19, 2011 — A rainy summer has made seasoned firewood hard to find in the Maritimes this year.

Properly-seasoned wood will split at the ends
Properly-seasoned wood will split at the ends

Ronnie Steeves of Mountain Firewood Services Ltd. can chuck more firewood than a woodchuck.

The problem is, he can't get it to dry out properly.

“It's hard, because [my customers] expect seasoned [fire]wood this time of year, and it's been a terrible summer for drying wood,” Steeves tells The Weather Network.

It was so wet this summer in the Maritimes that the wood hasn't seasoned well. This, according to Steeves, will make this year's

Firewood retailers are having difficulty finding properly-seasoned wood
Firewood retailers are having difficulty finding properly-seasoned wood

firewood less efficient - resulting in shorter burn times and less intense heat.

This has been a problem for firewood retailers throughout the Maritimes. Many are having difficulty finding enough properly-seasoned firewood to meet customer demand.

Ronnie says the best thing to do is keep wood inside and use a humidifier to make sure it dries out completely.

When firewood starts to split on the ends, it's ready to be used.

If you don't have a place inside to store your wood, you can leave it outside for the winter and try to let the wind dry it out.

“Don't tarp the whole thing, just tarp the top so that air can still flow through,” Steeves advises. “The rain won't get inside. It may hit the sides a bit, but it will dry right off.”

Tarping the whole pile will make the wood mouldy - which will make it even harder to burn.

With files from Cheryl Santa Maria

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