Its cold down here
It started on Monday, cold, but lots of sun and no wind, a good day for hanging Christmas lights and yard work. Then came Tuesday, colder and steady wind all day long, the wind chill here had to be less than 10 degrees. The wind let up on Wednesday but the air and ground were colder yet, sealing the surface of our Alaska asphalt. Then each successive day it has grown colder yet.
Tacoma Fire Logs
It has been cold all week and will continue a few more days, but it has also been sunny and great weather for building fences. That fact has been proven by the “Brisk” business we have done all week selling fence boards and supplies.Maybe this is why?
The cold has not been the worst part, it is actually the wind, 24 mile per hour wind, which we have seen this week, can make 30 degrees feel like zero. So a well built and designed fence can actually raise the apparent temperature by as much as 30 degrees. Wouldn’t 60 degrees feel good right now? It doesn’t actually work that way, but it sure feels better to get out of the wind.
A well designed fence deserves a well designed gate and while there are too many styles to list, this is by far my favorite.
What to do?
So come and buy some Tacoma Firelogs and burn them for heat, or build a fence to block the arctic Blast, or spend 20 minutes posting on the internet, In any case it is another great day to come to Mill Outlet Lumber. 4811 S Tyler st, Tacoma, 253 514 0658
Mill Outlet is the outlet for Tacoma Firelogs. Made from 100% compressed sawdust here in Tacoma, they contain no waxes or binders that will deposit residue in your chimney and since they are bound together with nothing more than extremely high pressure you are assured to get consistent density and value for your money.
Fans of fire logs will tell you that they are clean burning and clean to store with none of the dirt, loose bark or insects hitching a ride into the house every time you fill the firebox. And because they are consistently mixed and have very little moisture content they will not pop hot embers across the room to burn a hole in the carpet like cord wood is so famous for.
Something I only learned recently is that compared to cord wood they are a superior option besides being cleaner and safer. a 1 ton pallet of firelogs contains 17 million btu’s of heating energy. That compares with 1 cord of Douglas fir at 17.4 million and Western Hemlock at 15.3 million or Alder at 14.8 million. Furthermore these numbers are based on seasoned wood moisture content of 20% which is as dry as split cord wood can possibly get. Is that the condition of your last load of firewood? 30 percent moisture is probably more realistic for most seasoned wood piles and 50% can be the case for freshly cut wood. Moisture content gas a dramatic effect on useful heat production. The average of Douglas Fir and Alder at 70% moisture content is 13.7 million btu and only 7 million btu’s per cord for 50% moisture content freshly cut wood. This is because up to 38% of the heat produced is only making steam which is going up the chimney instead of radiating heat.
Check the math here
See what Chimney experts have to say
So if there was ever any doubt about the convenience and common sense in burning compressed sawdust for heat it is gone now.
- Clean burning
- Clean storage
- more heat per dollar than firewood
- recycled byproduct
- excellent supply
- no added chemicals or binder