How to buy and store firewood

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Seasoned, split firewood is a popular heating fuel in the Anza Valley. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo
Many people in the Anza Valley heat their homes with wood, a renewable biofuel that is plentiful and affordable. Using wood as a main heating fuel means becoming familiar with heating properties, safe storage, volume measurements and safety. The term BTU is used to describe the heating properties associated with different types of wood. BTU stands for British Thermal Unit, which is a traditional unit of measurement, defined as the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of one pound of water by one degree Fahrenheit. In wood burning, the BTU defines the amount of heat produced by a true cord of wood. A cord is a unit of measurement of dry volume used to quantify firewood and pulpwood in the United States and Canada. The interesting name may have come from the use of a cor
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