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Common Problems with Firewood in Perth and How to Avoid Them

As the nip in the air becomes a tad more pronounced, Western Australians begin to think about warming their homes. The lure of a crackling fireplace is quite appealing but it's essential to be aware of potential pitfalls when sourcing or storing firewood. So let us discuss some prevalent problems associated with firewood in Perth and provide some practical tips on averting them.

Substandard Wood Quality

The first issue many Perth residents face when looking to light up their fireplaces is the quality of wood. Green firewood that hasn't been correctly seasoned leads to a poor burn, inefficient heat output, and excessive smoke production. A common misconception is that all firewood is equally good for burning. This is far from the truth, with many species of wood not suitable for indoor heating due to high resin or moisture content. 

To bypass this issue, it’s essential to buy from a reliable supplier who ensures their firewood is seasoned and comes from a suitable species for burning.

Storage Challenges

Firewood storage is another common difficulty that can lead to damp, rotten, or bug-infested wood. It’s essential to keep your firewood stored off the ground to allow for airflow beneath it. This not only keeps the wood dry but also aids in the seasoning process. 

Covering your firewood pile with a waterproof tarpaulin will protect it from rain, but remember to only cover the top and allow the sides to breathe to prevent mould and mildew. 

Firewood Quantity Matters 

It’s not unusual for people to underestimate the quantity of firewood required to see them through the colder months. The size of your fireplace, the frequency of use, and the type of wood you're burning can significantly impact how much firewood you'll need.

Moreover, scrambling to find suitable firewood in the middle of winter could leave you in the cold as many suppliers run out of stock during the peak demand period. In such cases, planning ahead and ordering enough firewood in the autumn can be advantageous.

Dealing with Pests

Termites and other pests love firewood stacks, so unknowingly bringing these critters into your home is a problem faced by some homeowners. To avoid this, store your firewood well away from your home or any wooden structures and inspect the wood carefully before bringing it inside.

Here at Little Loads, we're committed to helping Perth residents avoid these common firewood problems. We supply only quality, seasoned firewood suitable for indoor use and can advise on the appropriate quantities you’ll need for the winter. Why not save yourself the worry and hassle, and contact us today?

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