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The Importance of Seasoned Firewood

If you are wanting to maximize the energy efficiency of your wood-burning fireplace this winter, here are some tips to take into consideration. One of the most highly recommended tips is to use properly cured firewood in your fireplace. According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), seasoned firewood gives a longer lasting, cleaner burning, and warmer fire.

As the professional chimney company in the lower Hudson Valley, All Seasons Chimney works hard to make sure our customers are able to enjoy the best fires possible. We would like to tell you more about the importance of seasoned firewood, and how it can improve the energy efficiency in your home during those cold months ahead.

What exactly is seasoned firewood?

a pile of wood Wood that has been dry for at least six months after it has been cut is known as seasoned firewood. About half of the content of freshly cut wood is water. When you burn fresh-cut wood, a great deal of energy is wasted because heat that is produced must be used to burn away the moisture before it can be used to warm your home.

Seasoned firewood can also help you avoid other potential dangers

One of the most dangerous hazards of burning wood is the accumulation of creosote. Creosote is a compound that develops naturally during the condensation process of combustion. According to the CSIA, creosote is one of the leading causes of chimney fires, as it is highly flammable.

When you burn not properly seasoned firewood, it can lead to a faster accumulation of creosote build up. The slow burn time is also responsible for the rapid deterioration of the bricks and mortar joints of your chimney. This is because the corrosive gases of combustion remain inside your chimney for a longer period of time.

Seasoned firewood is the best and smartest choice!

The best wood to use this winter is seasoned firewood, as you get to enjoy warmer, cleaner, and longer lasting fires. To learn more about how to burn the best fires in your fireplace this winter, contact us today at 845-567-1217. We are here for all of your professional chimney maintenance, repair, and installation needs!

Certification Matters

Owning a home involves many maintenance responsibilities to keep all of its systems working efficiently and safely. Despite the “do it yourself” nature of some individuals, a trained and certified professional must perform some tasks. A Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) certified chimney sweep should always perform your annual chimney sweeping and inspection responsibilites. For over 25 years, All Seasons Chimney has provided professional chimney maintenance, repair, and installation services to the lower Hudson Valley region. Our chimney sweeps have also received certifications from the CSIA. This certification means a great deal to us as well as to our customers. We would like to tell you a bit more about the CSIA and why its certification matters.

What is the CSIA?

Certification Matters - Poughkeepsie NY - All Seasons ChimneyIn 1983, the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) was founded as a non-profit educational organization. They provide training and certification to chimney and fireplace professionals. Known as the leader in chimney and venting education, the CSIA also promotes fire safety awareness to the public.

What does it mean to be certified by the CSIA?

The CSIA provides education and training for chimney and venting professionals to receive nationally recognized credentials with certification opportunities that include the CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep and the CSIA Certified Dryer Exhaust Technician programs. To become certified, industry professionals can take review courses online or in person. These coures go over publications about the necessary codes, standards, and practices involved with chimney and venting systems. The CSIA also provides hands-on intense training at their state-of-the-art Technology Center, which is located at their headquarters just outside Indianapolis. After reviewing the practices and publications, the professionals must pass an exam to receive certification.

Why does CSIA certification matter to me?

You can also rest assured that a CSIA-certified professional will treat you honestly and fairly. At the time of the certification exam, professionals must sign the CSIA Code of Ethics. When they sign this code, they pledge to keep up with their education, to behave professionally on each job, and to provide honest and fair services to every customer.

Prepare your chimney and fireplace for fall by having it swept and inspected by a certified chimney professional. Contact us at All Seasons Chimney to schedule an appointment with one of our CSIA-certified chimney sweeps.