2. Make sure the wood is untreated
Burning treated wood, like painted or impregnated wood, will release dangerous chemicals into the air, which can affect yourself and your local environment negatively. Another reason why to always buy certified firewood: it is a given that this wood is untreated.
3. Only use dry wood
When burning a fire, it’s important to always use wood with a moisture content below 20 percent. This wood has been dried for over two years and can be recognized by visible deep cracks and the bark coming off. If you use wood ‘wetter’ than this it will not only be hard to burn, it will cause a lot of smoke development due to an incomplete burn as well. This is bad news for the lifespan of your fireplace and the environment.
4. Mind the weather
Not all weather conditions are ideal for lighting a fire. If you have the option, always check the weather before you do so, as burning wood on a misty day or an evening without wind is not the best idea. The smoke from the fire will linger longer than it usually would and can cause a lot of local air pollution. Keep an eye on the weather and keep your neighbors happy!