Experts: Make sure you’re ready before the cold arrives

Published: Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 16:57 PM.

Johnny McGrath, owner of J2 Landscaping in Richlands, said that he had four calls in two days about firewood and, while many will be stocking up for winter, some will simply be stocking up for evenings spent around a fire outside with friends.

McGrath warned that those going to buy firewood should always be sure to buy the type of wood they need. For example, pine wood should not be used indoors but is good for an outdoor fire. For indoors, he typically provides customers with a “good mixed hardwood.”

McGrath said that having firewood on hand is “invaluable,” and some people will get it by the truckload.

“It’s always good to have it on hand anyway because you never know,” he said.

He also said that residents should be sure to clean their chimneys regularly in order to decrease fires.

At Lowe’s in Jacksonville, the store is ready to help residents warm their homes with portable heaters, fireplace mantles and more. But Assistant Store Manager Brian Fulghum warns that residents should know the amount of space they would like to keep warm before they begin shopping.

Fulghum said that portable heaters are primarily for supplemental heat, not to heat the entire house.



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