Heating Homes With Wood In The NEK

EAST BURKE - As the winter months approach, people around the NEK are preparing for how they are going to heat their homes. While many heat their homes with oil, gas, or electric heat, there are still plenty people who heat with wood.

 Unlike those who stay stocked with fossil fuels year-round to run their boilers, people that heat with wood must take account of how much wood they are going to need to keep their homes warm during the winter.

Owner of Green Mountain Men Tree Service Kevin Butler mentioned that the average wood-heated home goes through about six to seven cords throughout a winter season. While some stock up on all six to seven cords at the beginning of the winter, others are on a scheduled delivery.

Butler made it clear that people desire hardwood for heating their homes, while they may mix in some softer wood from time to time. The reason hardwood is desired is because it burns hotter and cleaner than softer woods.

For example, sugar maple is good for burning because it is a hard wood and burns clean and hot. Pine is a softer wood which is not as ideal due to its lower-temperature burning point and emittance of creosol and chimney buildup.

Not only is burning hardwood more desirable for homeowners, but it also makes a chimney sweeps job a lot easier. Burning hardwood creates less chimney buildup, making cleaning a flue a much easier job.

"We like to get wood that is cut from log-length, because that's where a true cord comes from" said Butler.

This is something that is very important people, that they get a true full cord. As a company that supplies people with wood to heat their homes during the winter, Butler stresses the importance of getting people the true-cord that they want.

Regardless of the wood and price, a true-cord is always delivered. Some wood is more pricey than other wood, and people can expect to pay anywhere from 150 to 250 dollars per cord.

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