Posted on December 5, 2013
It’s that time of year again – time for a roaring and cozy fire that fills your house with warmth, romance, beauty and that yummy natural smell. We have a fire each night in our fireplace, and it’s one of my favorite things about the late fall and winter seasons. And it’s just this subject that leads to me to Firewood Fun in the ‘Burbs because you can’t have those fabulous, cuddly fires without firewood. (As an aside, I love this photo here taken two years ago of our dog, Carly, and our cat, Cole, snuggling by the fire.)
If you’re new to Weston, Wellesley, Wayland or another town in the area and don’t know where to go for firewood or if you are in the market for a new firewood provider, I polled my friends for their thoughts and advice on the topic. Here’s what they said:
- Agway, Waltham – We have used Agway for years and love them. First, they aren’t too pricey. They will deliver and stack if you’d like, and they get the wood to you promptly after you’ve ordered it – just about two days of lead time. Not only this, but the quality of the wood is great. In fact, the wood is so dry that there’s no need for a fire starter.
- Beech Hill Firewood, Newton – Amanda says Beech Hill is very good and likes that they will stack the firewood in the garage for her. According to Beech Hill, “We carry clean, hand loaded, cut split hardwoods. Typical loads contain oak, ash, maple, and beech hardwoods, with standard length firewood at 16 inches to 22 inches…. All wood is well seasoned, air dried for one year or kiln dried.”
- Mahoney’s, Wayland – Madelaine used Mahoney’s for her most recent wood delivery, which was a surprise to me as I have always thought of Mahoney’s as a garden center and not a firewood supplier. Now I know. The company issues a challenge of sorts, “While we admit that our kiln-dried firewood is more expensive than ordinary seasoned wood, once you try it you’ll never settle for less.”
- Thayer Nursery, Milton – My friends, Landis and Shar, use Thayer Nursery and say it’s a bit pricey but totally worth it given the quality of the wood and the service they provide. To quote the website, “Thayer Nursery Kiln-Dried Firewood is superior to seasoned firewood in that we can guarantee the moisture level to be below 25%. As a result, it burns cleaner, hotter and longer than regular seasoned firewood…. [Furthermore, the wood] is stored in a barn sheltered from the elements year-round. We also only sell Kiln-Dried Firewood, so we are never tempted to dilute our product by mixing in seasoned wood like other companies.”
As you can see, I wasn’t able to compile much information on this subject. So much so that I started to believe that we were unique in our frequent firewood use given our nightly fires. (Actually I still think that’s the case.) But I found that there are other reasons behind the limited number of recommended firewood providers I received. First, a few friends use the wood from trees that have fallen on their property or that are dying and need to be cut down. Sanford says he uses wood from his own land and “rent(s) a log splitter from Taylor Rental – a bit more work but it feels rewarding to chop your own wood.” Several others don’t regularly have fires, and on the rare occasion when they do, they go to the supermarket and buy a Duraflame log. And finally, there were a number of people who noted that they no longer have wood-burning fireplaces. They now have gas fireplaces, and so there is no need to find firewood. Patty sums it up perfectly, “We are gas fireplace folks so no wood for us.”
I know there are many other firewood suppliers in the area. Is your favorite on the list? If not, who do you use for Firewood Fun in the ‘Burbs so you can have those yummy, warm, snuggly fires? I can’t wait to hear….
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