We were having a leakage issue in our basement that was due to moisture in our chimney. The frigid Chicago weather has caused quite a havoc this winter. Lindemann was able to diagnose the problem and ... - Steve M. (Chicago, IL)
My experience with Lindemann was excellent. They came out and did what no one else could. Mine was a smoke issue. After having a fire the entire house would smell of smoke. I could have hung pork bell... - Frank F. (Mount Prospect, IL)
These guys are great! We had our chimney inspected/cleaned by Jim who was extremely knowledgeable and super nice! Definitely recommend these guys! And free wood with the chimney cleaning! Super! ... - Steve S. (Chicago, IL)
At Lindemann Chimney Service, we have often been asked about the best type of firewood to burn. The answer is usually hardwoods that are properly cut, split and dried. Hardwoods tend to provide the longest burning coals and burn most efficiently. Softwoods can be used but it’s extra important that they are properly dried because they have a lower BTU content and if the wood is wet, it “saps” some of the BTU value. Also, wood cut when the sap content is high can not only change the BTU value, but can also lead to “snapping and sparking” when the wood is burned. And remember, if you are a Lindemann Chimney Service chimney cleaning customer you are part of our “Free Wood For Life” program (see packaged wood, below). For more information, click here or call us at 847-450-0552.
Here’s a table with some of the most common types of wood and their BTU content:
Never burn your Christmas Tree, Boughs, decorations, wrapping paper, cardboard, driftwood, chemically enhanced wood, plastics, salt or anything other than wood in your fireplace. The exception would be a commercial log but closely follow instructions to make sure you don’t have any problems arise.
Posted by Karen Stickels Lamansky, Author of Design Ideas for Fireplaces, published by Creative Homeowner Press
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