How does reducing particulate emissions from your firewood benefit your home?
Chimney Fire Prevention
When burning a fire, hot smoke travels into your cold chimney and condenses to a liquid, then solid soot called creosote. Creosote is flammable, smelly, and is the root cause of most chimney fires. Burning clean firewood properly creates reduced smoke. Reduce smoke means reduce creosote and reduced chimney fires nationwide. Please put us out of business with your safe wood-burning practices. We dare you.
Burning clean firewood properly creates significantly reduced compared to a traditional fire. Sometimes on windy, rainy days, or the days following a fire in your fireplace, you may smell a sooty odor in your home. This is due to several factors discussed in detail upon your inspection. One of the easiest ways to reduce this odor is to reduce the amount of smoke going into your chimney, reducing the amount of creosote produced. Creosote inside the chimney is the odor you are smelling days or even weeks after burning a fire. Reduce that smell by properly burning clean firewood. Reduce or even eliminate that smell with The Chimney Scientists by scheduling an in-person inspection.
Reduced smoke -> Reduced creosote -> Reduced smoke odors in your home.
Reduced costly Repair & Cleanings
Creosote buildup leads to chimney fires. Chimney fires damage chimneys & fireplaces. One small chimney fire can produce thousands of dollars in damage and create large cracks inside your chimney, allowing the fire to escape into the chimney cavity and potentially the drywall area of the home. These repairs are the foundation of our business. Have your chimney inspected before burning. Burn clean, reduced particulate emission firewood. Burn smart, stay safe. Now that you are sold on burning clean, we have accepted our fate.
The Chimney Scientists design and implement splitting, drying, and burning practices for clean-burning firewood.
Since 2017 we have worked with industry-specific scientists to create the lowest particulate emission firewood in the least carbon-emitting way (sun drying, not kiln drying).
All firewood is harvested, processed, and burned within less than a 50-mile radius to reduce invasive tree-killing insects' spread. Review the link below to learn more about the national Don't Move Your Wood campaign.
Significantly Reducing firewood emissions saves the planet and your health.
Epidemiological studies worldwide have consistently demonstrated links between ambient particulate matter exposure and adverse health outcomes. The greater the concentration of particulates, the greater the probability of adverse health outcomes. Currently, some of these particulates cannot be avoided in our communities (1) transportation exhaust (2) coal-fired power plants.
Wood smoke particulates comprise a fraction of national particulate emissions; however, it may comprise a larger portion of particulate emissions in your neighborhood in the winter season. If you have a hardcore wood burner on your street, If you regularly smell smoke in the evenings, sometimes in your home while a neighbor is burning down the street, this can be a neighborhood health problem more so than a global climate issue. Let’s work together to educate the public, make wood-burning guilty free and safer for our communities.
I make an oath to you today to never stop partying with my friends and family by the fire and to strive to burn wood in a way that significantly reduces particulate emissions to combat climate change and improve my community’s air quality.
COVER YOUR WOOD - IT'S CHEAP & EASY
Wood raised off the ground with a tarp on top (not the sides) will suffice. Uncovered wood is smoky, wet wood.
EPA guide - Build a woodshed in 5 hours for $260. View link
A mixture of softwood and hardwoods, harvested, split, and stacked for 12 months+, with a < 23% moisture content. Current local firewood samples are testing 30%-36% with our state-of-the-art Delmhorst J-2000 moisture meters.
Less moisture means significantly more heat and less smoke and smoky smells.
Important Wood Quality Guarantee Disclaimer & Tips
All purchased wood must be stacked off the ground and covered within 12 hours of delivery and/or before rain or snow. If the ground is wet, it is encouraged to put down a tarp on the dumpsite area. Water can immediately wick up from the grass or pavement and increase moisture content. Additional costs will be incurred for stacking if step and distance requirements are not met.
Your first fire log should be split into 3-5 1”x2” sections to easily ignite with the use of kiln-dried kindling or starter logs to start a fire. Duraflame sells a nice size starter log that burns for 10-15 minutes and easily starts 1”x2” thick sections of wood while producing minimal smoke.