What is a cord of firewood?
A cord is a unit measurement used for firewood in Canada. It is measured in cubic feet with a measurement of 4ft by 4ft by 8ft when stacked which equals 3.6m3. All of our cords are delivered via dump truck which can hold two cords at a time.
What species of firewood is good for heating?
The best firewood species are known as hardwoods such as birch. The most common species of tree used for firewood in Revelstoke is Douglas Fir.
How much firewood do I need to heat my home?
The quantity of firewood you will need to heat your home varies depending on how well your home is insulated, how often you use it and whether or not you are using firewood as your primary source of heat. If you are using firewood for ambience and to add a little extra warmth on a cold night, you will probably only need a cord or two. If you are looking to heat your entire home with firewood and plan on having your fireplace going every day, all day, we suggest buying between four to eight cords of firewood, depending on the total square footage of your home.
- Location: Pick a location for your firewood that is easily accessible, especially during our heavy snowfall winter months. Utilize any extended roofs, covered walkways, decks or patios.
- Materials: Your outdoor firewood storage should be made of materials that stand up to the elements, using treated lumber and thick plywood is recommended. As well, you will need to ensure the structure can withstand the weight of the firewood being stored; sturdy bracing must be in place to prevent a fully stacked pile of firewood from falling over.
- Dryness: Keeping your firewood dry is key. Use wood pallets to keep firewood off the ground and promote air circulation. All firewood should be stored under cover.
- Have a professional check your chimney once a year:
- Buy a fire extinguisher for each level of your home. Fire extinguishers should be maintained annually. Revelstoke Fire & Safety offers this service.
- Ensure all latches on your stove close properly.
- Never use liquid fuel to start a fire in a fireplace or wood burning stove.
- Ashes need to be thoroughly dampened, cooled and stored in metal cans NOT in compost piles, cartons, boxes or anything combustible.
- It is important to use seasoned dry firewood to prevent the slow build up of creosote which is the cause of most chimney fires.