Firewood sales have increased since last year
More cold weather means more people are trying to winterize their homes.
Some homeowners are looking for wood for their fireplaces.
“I've had a lot of people this year inquire about firewood more than last year, " Nick Chuba said. “I don't know if it's because it got cold sooner or what, but we've been really really busy.”
Nick Chuba has owned the wood shack for four years. He says he and his crew start chopping wood early to meet the demands of firewood.
Chuba said right now customers can expect a four-week wait because more people are getting smarter about ordering.
“Everybody knows that by October I start to have a waiting list,” Chuba said. “So people are starting to get their wood in August or September, and we usually go through until February.”
Chuba gets his wood from tree companies. It takes about an hour to process one of these ricks of wood.
One rick can last a homeowner a winter season depending on how they use it.
“Most of our residential like the oak. I have eight restaurants I service, and they like Hickory in Cheri for the smoking of their food,” Chuba explained.
Chuba gave some advice for picking out the best wood. He said he doesn't suggest people use Greenwood.
“That's been cut like yesterday. It has a lot of moisture in it because it hasn't had time to dry. So anything less than 20 percent is what you're looking for as far as burning in the house,” Chuba said.
Chuba said that wood causes more smoke.
He also encourages people to keep the fireplaces clean and screens closed so that a fire doesn't start.
For those who have a great amount of firewood, Chuba said having good storage conditions matters.
“The more you can keep it open to the air, the better. So it can dry. If it is going to rain, then you can get a tarp to cover it. This will keep the moisture off of it,” Chuba added.
Professionals say to keep your logs in a garage or outside.