EPA offers four simple steps to properly dry firewood before using in a wood-burning stove or fireplace. Wet wood can create excessive smoke which is wasted fuel. Burning dry, seasoned firewood with a moisture content of 20% or less can save money and help reduce harmful air pollution- indoors and out.
Four Simple Steps to Drying Firewood:
1. Split wood for faster drying
2. Stack wood split side down and away from buildings
3. Cover top of the stack to protect it from rain or snow
4. Store and dry softwood for at least 6 months and hardwood for at least 12 months.