How to select firewood for the coming winter season

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Split and ready for the fire, this pile of pine will burn hot and fast. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo
With autumn nights becoming cooler and winter rains coming, Anza Valley residents’ thoughts are turning to preparing for the colder months ahead. Many people in the valley heat their homes with wood, a renewable biofuel. Using firewood as a main heating fuel means becoming familiar with heating properties, storage, measurements and safety. Heating properties associated with different types and species of wood are calculated in British thermal units, which is a traditional unit of measurement. BTU is defined as the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of 1 pound of water by 1 degree Fahrenheit. In wood burning, the BTU defines the amount of heat produced by a cord of wood. A cord is the unit of measurement of dry volume used to quantify firewood and pulpwood in the Un
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