Q. What is the difference between seasoned wood and kiln-dried wood?
Seasoned firewood is cut, split and dried outdoors. It typically takes several months for seasoned wood to get to 25% moisture or less. Because we’re located in Tampa, Florida, our seasoning time is shortened due to the consistent warm weather and sunshine.
Kiln dried wood is heat-treated in a kiln to reduce the moisture content in firewood. This process takes 1-2 days and kills any pests which may be in the wood. The moisture content in kiln dried firewood is 15% – 20%, which allows the wood to burn hotter and longer. The kiln at Black Dog is fueled by wood to reduce our usage of fossil fuels and promote environmentally friendly practices.
Q. Is Firewood a source of renewable energy?
Yes! Firewood is not only a renewable energy source, but using firewood as a fuel is eco-friendly, because the trees release as much carbon when burned as they absorb when alive. There is no net increase in carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere.
Additionally, all of our kiln-dried firewood is dried in kilns which are fueled by firewood. This eliminates our use of fossil fuels in the drying process and reduces our overall environmental footprint.
Black Dog Firewood is a member of the US Renewable Energy Association and the Florida Renewable Energy Association.
Q. What is the 5B-65 Certification?
Rule 5B-65 was enacted in Florida to halt the spread of forest destroying pests and wood-boring insects. This rule requires firewood to be heat treated in a sealed kiln for 75 minutes at 160 degrees of internal temperature. The wood can also be treated by using approved chemicals.
Black Dog only heat-treats our firewood, because we don’t believe that anyone wants to eat food that was cooked with chemically-treated firewood.
Q. What is the best type of wood for cooking?
This is a question for the ages and it has been debated by professionals and enthusiasts for years. While there are some general rules, it simply comes down to your taste buds.
In general, you’ll want to use seasoned or kiln-dried wood, as this will light easier and burn longer and hotter than unprocessed woods. For a more mild smoke, try Oak, Cherry, and other Fruit Woods. For a stronger smoked flavor, Mesquite, Hickory will provide a more robust flavor.
Black Dog Firewood can supply you with firewood, wood chips, and wood chunks for all of your cooking needs.