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Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the difference between season & kiln dried wood?

• Seasoned Firewood is cut, split and dried outdoors. It typically takes several months for seasoned wood to get 25% moisture or less. Because we are located in Florida, our seasoning time is shortened due to the consistent warm weather and sunshine.

​• Kiln Dried Wood is heat-treated in a kiln to reduce the moisture content in firewood. This process takes 4 days and kills any pests which may be in the wood. The moisture content in kiln dried firewood is 15% – 20% which allows the wood to burn hotter and longer.

What is the best wood?

Hardwoods that have been dried to a moisture content of less than 20 percent work well. They light easily and continue to burn all the way through with a hot steady flame. Wood that is above 25% typically will be difficult to light and tend to steam and smoke and be hard to keep burning. Soft woods often contain too much resin that can be a maintenance problem for chimneys and burn too fast. Oak is the predominant hardwood for firewood due to good burning qualities, great aroma and abundance. Hickory, Cherry, Pecan and other hardwoods work well but are usually a little more expensive.

Just what is 5B-65 Certified Wood or U.S.D.A. Certified Wood?

In August 2006 RULE 5B-65 was incited in Florida to halt the spread of forest destroying pests and wood boring insects. This rule requires firewood to be heat treated in a sealed kiln for 75 minutes at 160 degrees of internal temperature. RULE 5B-65 guidelines are the same as the U.S.D.A. Certification process for wood that is transported in or through quarantined areas.

What kind of wood is best for cooking, grilling or smoking?

This is a question that is hotly debated by all cooks, from the professional to the back yard enthusiast. Everything from the species of wood to the moisture content and what is being cooked are important factors in making the final decision. It all adds to the fun of cooking with wood and determining your favorite combination of meat, wood and method. A general guideline is to use good quality hardwoods that have been kiln dried to a moisture content of 15% or less and have an aromatic quality that matches the food you are preparing. Smokers tend to like a higher moisture content and strong aromatic woods like hickory, while those cooking more delicate and milder meats, poultry and fish will select dryer, milder woods like oak, cherry, pecan and fruit woods.

Fred Stevens Firewood offers kiln dried Oak, Hickory, Cherry, Pecan in a variety of cuts, splits, chips, chunks and grilling woods in bags, boxes or bulk pallets. Contact us for your specific needs 954-783-9771.

Is Firewood a source of renewable energy?

“Yes” Firewood is not only a renewable energy source, but using firewood as a fuel is eco-friendly because the trees release as much carbon when burned as they absorb when alive. There is no net increase in carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere.


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