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5 Quick Ways to Dry Out Firewood

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Drying out firewood is an important step in ensuring that your fire burns efficiently and effectively. Wet or damp wood not only produces more smoke, but it also burns less hot and can be more difficult to ignite in your fire pit or in any situation where there's fire.

5 Quick Ways to Dry Out Firewood

As the fire pit experts, we've learned a thing or two about how to dry out firewood in a hurry. We spend time year round in our backyard huddled around the cozy fire. So, if you're looking to dry out your firewood quickly, here are some tips to get you started:

Split the wood

Splitting your firewood into smaller pieces helps to speed up the drying process. This is because the smaller pieces have a larger surface area, which allows the moisture to escape more easily. If you have a wood splitter, this is a great time to use it. If not, you can split the wood using a hand maul or a hatchet.

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Store the wood in a sunny and windy location

The sun and wind are two of the biggest factors in drying out firewood. By storing your firewood in a sunny and windy location, you can speed up the drying process. If you don't have a sunny spot, you can still dry your wood by covering it with a tarp to protect it from the rain and keeping it off the ground to allow air to circulate around it.


Stack the wood in a crisscross pattern

When stacking your firewood, it's important to stack it in a crisscross pattern. This allows air to circulate around the wood, which helps to dry it out faster. If you have a lot of wood, you can also create a firewood rack to store it. Just make sure to leave plenty of space between the pieces of wood so that air can circulate around them.


Use a firewood kiln

If you're looking for a quick and easy way to dry out your firewood, consider using a firewood kiln. A firewood kiln is a specialized oven that uses heat and air flow to dry out the wood. The kiln works by circulating hot air around the wood, which evaporates the moisture. This not only dries out the wood, but it also helps to kill any pests that may be hiding in the wood.


Use a dehumidifier

If you have a lot of firewood that needs to be dried out quickly, you can also use a dehumidifier. A dehumidifier works by removing moisture from the air, which speeds up the drying process. Just place your firewood in a room with a dehumidifier, and let it run until the wood is dry.

Fire Pits Are Ideal After You Dry Out Firewood

Overall, quickly drying out firewood is an important step in ensuring that your fire burns efficiently and effectively. Whether you split the wood, store it in a sunny and windy location, stack it in a crisscross pattern, use a firewood kiln, or use a dehumidifier, there are plenty of ways to speed up the drying process.

Drying out your firewood is the first step towards producing a smokeless fire. Step two is making sure that your dried out firewood gets ample airflow while burning. This can be accomplished by placing your logs into a high-quality, top-rated fire pit like Walden Backyards Legacy Series Complete Fire Pit Insert Set, engineered to increase airflow to your dried out firewood and trap smoke.

Alternatively, consider using a fire grate, which sits above ground to elevate your logs, optimizing airflow to produce less smoke every time. Fire grates can be used independently or inside fire pit inserts for additional control of your fire. 

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