FAQ’s

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Can I have a firepit in Winnipeg and if so are there any requirements?
Yes, you can. For what is required for a firepit in Winnipeg please see the link below:Winnipeg Fire Department – Fire Pits, Fire Bowls, Chimineas and Other Outdoor Receptacles. Firewood Manitoba has City of Winnipeg compliant firepits available for sale, please see our Products page for more information.
What is the best firewood?
It does not matter what kind of wood you burn: as long as it is really, truly seasoned. In the case of hardwoods, especially oak, they must be seasoned for over one full year! That means last year’s wood – NOT this year’s wood! If you’re wondering about which wood is really the best, or what causes the least creosote to build up, the answer is the same! Properly seasoned wood produces the most heat, and produces the least creosote! It’s not the kind of wood you burn that makes the difference, but whether or not the wood is seasoned. Green firewood that hasn’t been split for over a year isn’t worth a darn! On the other hand, dry well seasoned wood is just great! Seasoned wood burns hot and clean!
How long is firewood good for?
To make sure your firewood stays dry once delivered, stack it outdoors and raised on a platform or planks (this will keep it off the ground away from the moisture there). To provide maximum air circulation, crisscross the logs: Put four on the platform parallel to each other; then place four more on top of them at right angles. Continue stacking in this way. Remember that air will circulate more freely if the wood is not piled against a wall. If possible, stack it so the prevailing wind blows through the long axis. If you follow these steps your firewood will be good for at least 2 years if not more.
Can I have a firepit on my deck?
]Yes, but as with any product that produces heat make sure it is insulated from the deck itself, made of fireproof materials (brick, steel etc. and is supervised at all times. If you would like ideas for a deck based firepit please email or give me a call.
What types of firewood does Firewood Manitoba supply?
We specialize in tamarack due to its high heat output and ease of starting but also supply poplar, birch, ash, maple and oak on occasion. If you’re looking for a specific type of firewood just email or call us and we’ll work on tracking it down for you.
How much firewood does it take to heat a home for a winter?
We calculate on a cord of firewood per month per 1000 square feet of heating if firewood is used exclusively. Starting with occasional cold nights in September, becoming a daily routine by the end of October, and scaling back to cold nights sometime in mid-April. “Casual” heating means that an alternative heat source is available for backup on lazy weekend mornings, when away for work, or for errands. Other variables include how warm you like your home, how well insulated it is, type of firewood used etc.
Isn't burning wood bad for the environment?
No. Because if you go back further to when the tree was a seed then the resulting sapling gradually captured CO2 from the atmosphere as it grew into a tree. In other words, when a tree grows, CO2 is drawn from the atmosphere and when it rots or is burned then the same amount of CO2 is released. This carbon cycle is repeated as new trees grow and then die. When burning firewood the CO2 is still released, however heat is also created.
Please see our environmental impact of burning firewood page for more information.
How much firewood is in a cord?
128 Cubic feet of cut, split stacked firewood is a cord. The cord is a unit of measure of dry volume used in Canada and the United States to measure firewood and pulpwood. A cord is the amount of wood that, when “ranked and well stowed” (arranged so pieces are aligned, parallel, touching and compact), occupies a volume of 128 cubic feet (3.62 m3). This corresponds to a well stacked woodpile 4 feet (122 cm) wide, 4 feet (122 cm) high, and 8 feet (244 cm) long; or any other arrangement of linear measurements that yields the same volume. In Canada, the cord is legally defined by Measurement Canada. According to the Weights and Measures Act in Canada, the only correct measurements of firewood and pulpwood are the cord and fractions thereof (e.g., half cord, quarter cord, etc ).
How do I contact you with questions/to arrange for a delivery/etc?
Please email clint@www.firewoodmanitoba.ca or call 204-453-7788 or place an order at our “Place an Order” page.
Is Firewood Manitoba a local business?
Yes, we are locally owned and operated and are based out of Stony Mountain, MB.
Where does Firewood Manitoba deliver to?
Just about anywhere! Please see our Delivery Area page for a more detailed listing.
Can you use firewood to heat a pool or hot tub?
You bet! There are a variety of ways of heating your pool or hot tub with firewood. These range from an outdoor boiler to a stove mounted in the tub and everything in between. Please contact us for options.
What if I already have logs and need them processed into firewood at my location, can Firewood Manitoba do this?
You bet we can! Please see our Onsite Processing page for more information on this service.
Can you recommend a chimney cleaner
Yes, we can. Please email clint@www.firewoodmanitoba.ca or call 204-453-7788 and we can recommend one of several reputable, licensed chimney cleaners in your area.
Do you deliver on evening or weekends?
Yes, we do.
Do some types of firewood create more creosote than others?
As long as the wood is dry and you have a well burning fire very little or no creosote will be produced. What does create creosote is burning with firewood that has not be dried (ideally to between 15% to 20% moisture) or by letting your fire smoulder for extended periods of time.
What is creosote?
By definition creosote is a combustible deposit that originates from condensed wood smoke. It also includes tar, vapors, and other organic compounds. It’s a natural by-product of burning wood. Once inside the chimney, creosote usually under goes pyrolysis, a chemical alteration of the fuel molecules as a result of the application of heat. Creosote is formed as a result of cresols and phenol compounds, chemicals which are released when wood is burned. It condenses on chimney walls when the chimney or flue is cooler than around 400 degrees Fahrenheit, and when there is high moisture content in the exhaust gases from the fire.
Do you help stack?
Yes, we do.
How often should I clean my chimney?
It is vitally important that you have your chimney cleaned at regular intervals. Most manufacturers recommend having your chimney inspected monthly during the heating season if you are a heavy wood burner, which is to say that wood heat is your main fuel for home heating, while chimney cleaning is suggested yearly, or more often if problems such as creosote build-up are detected.
How can I tell if firewood is dry (ready to burn)?
One good way to tell if firewood is dry is to take 2 pieces of firewood and hit the ends together. You should hear a sharp “clank” if the wood is dry. Two pieces of firewood that aren’t dry will produce a “thud”. Dry wood also weighs less than wet wood. A properly dried piece of oak firewood shouldn’t be very heavy.
What does 'seasoned' firewood mean?
Well, everybody knows seasoned wood is the best. But do we all know what “seasoned wood” means? In short it basically means wood that has been air dried so it contains only a 15%-20% moisture content.
Where should I store my firewood?
The absolute best place to store firewood is outside and away from the home. Outside of your house or shed, stack the firewood off the ground. A homemade or store bought log rack should be kept a few inches off the ground. This will keep the wood dry and further protect it from insects. If you put the log racks on the ground (rather than on cement or a patio) it needs to be staked into the ground in order to stay stable. If the log rack begins to lean the whole pile can come falling down.
Can Firewood Manitoba provide a receipt for wood delivered?
Yes, we can.
Where does your firewood come from?
All of our firewood comes from southern Manitoba.
Can I get different lengths of firewood?
Yes. Our normal length is 16″ but we can provide other lengths as well.
Can I spilt a delivery between friends / neighbours / relatives etc?
Yes, you can. Please let us know in advance and we can deliver wherever required.
How do I know if a pile of firewood equals a cord?
Firewood that is loosely thrown into a pile has more air space between the pieces so a loose cord will take up more volume than a stacked cord. For a loose cord, the volume 180 cubic feet. If you have firewood delivered that is not stacked on the trailer, truck etc. it should equal 180 cubic feet.
What is the best way to start a fire?
Ok, lets break this down to a simple series of steps. Each one must be done or the fire will be a bust.

  1. Set the Kindling. Here’s one way. Place firestarters, fatwood or crumpled newspaper (7 or 8 sheets balled up fairly tightly) on the floor or grate of your stove. Place small kindling over the paper or starter…TIP—the more dry, small kindling you have—the easier and better your fire will start. Crisscross the kindling so there is plenty of air space in between each piece. Wood that is packed too tight will not burn properly.
  2. Set more Wood. Set larger wood on top of the kindling, and continue to set larger and larger pieces on top until the stove is over 2/3 full. If it’s an open fireplace, set one or two layers of crisscrossed or spaced wood on top of the kindling.
  3. Ignition – Assuming that you’ve lit the starter, stand back for a moment and watch the fire do it’s thing. If you have a stove, keep the draft control and damper fully open at first, in fact it may help to keep the stove door slightly open for the first few moments until the fire is caught.
  4. Blastoff – The fire should quickly catch and spread through your load of wood. Don’t make the mistake of closing your air control or damper soon after you start the fire. it may look good, but until you’ve warmed the stove up, warmed the chimney and established a good bed of coals (red embers), your fire is not really at critical mass.
  5. Mission Accomplished – Keep the fire going. But keep these simple points in mind.
    – Always keep a “flame” on your fire – a smoking or smouldering fire is a cold and inefficient fire and also produces pollutants and creosote (tar in the chimney)
    – Add more wood before the fire gets too low…this will assure the continuation of your hard-earned fire.
    – Use Dry, Seasoned wood – if your wood sizzles and refuses to light or burn it’s probably not ready for prime time—- store your dry firewood in a dry place prior to burning.