Today is the first day of summer. From this point on, the days will be getting shorter -
like a slow slide into the burning season. A month ago, any thought of fall or cooler weather
was far away, but on the longest day of the year you can't help but give it a quick thought.
Now,I don't want to be a downer because there is still lots of summer to enjoy. In fact, we haven't
even started on many of our favorite summer activities. There is pleanty of beach time, summer runs,
grill-outs, our annual bachelor-fest weekend camp-out, and other favorite pass-times still to come.
There is also the general pause and rest of having to heat your home. For 7-8 months of the year,
you have to worry about thermostats, hauling wood, starting fires, and keeping a habitable living
space. But for now, you can just relax and let the season of summer do its' work on your wood pile.
The dry air and summer sun drive that moisture out of the wood fibers and leave the tell-tale check
marks on the end of your wood. Every once in a while, I will walk out to the wood pile and insure
that physics still works. Moisture still seeks equilibrium and wood still drys. One of those laws
of nature that you can count on as a constant. As the summer progresses, the checks get bigger, the
wood gets dryer, and the smell changes from the strong, sweet odor that you get from freshly cut
and split wood, to a more subtle, gentle scent. All part of the wood burning experience. So, get
out there and check your checks! But make sure you enjoy the summertime first, the wood isn't going
Matt Waite - Chimney Guy Owner Black Duck Chimney MI Mechanical Contractor - Specialty Wood & Gas