There’s more to cutting firewood than simply taking an axe or chainsaw to it. If possible, always use a hardwood tree that has already fallen, otherwise choose a tree that is able to regenerate after being felled.
To turn it into firewood, follow these steps:
- Safety first - make sure you are wearing your PPE and have a clear workspace.
- Delimb any branches attached to the tree trunk.
- Move cut branches away from the trunk and begin sawing logs approximately 1m in length.
- Cut ¾ of the way through the log, avoiding the ground, then roll the log and
- finish cutting on the other side.
- Place the 1m logs on your sawhorse and cut to your desired length, generally around 30cm.
- Leave to dry for as long as possible before using. A deadwood tree needs around 2-3 months drying time, while green timber needs around 2 years to dry before use.
- Enjoy your fire this winter!
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