Whether you’re looking for supplemental heat or maybe a touch of romance to your evening, a roaring fire is definitely a great choice. But if you burn the wrong type of wood, your best intentions will quickly go up in smoke.
When choosing wood for a fireplace, the key word is “seasoned.” That means, in the most basic sense, that you don’t want to use firewood from a tree you just cut down because there’s still too much moisture in the logs. Softwood reaches good seasoning in six to twelve months, while hardwood takes a bit longer.
Lumber scraps are often used, too, but don’t ever burn lumber that’s been pressure treated because it can release volatile chemicals into the room.
Finally, always make sure to open the damper before lighting any fire to keep the smoke outside where it belongs.