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Order Firewood Early to Avoid Shortages

Order 2020 firewood early

Firewood Shortages Anticipated

We always advise our customers to order their Winter supply of firewood early, in order to have it properly stored and continuing to season before it’s actually needed.

However, this year we are particularly urging that your firewood is ordered and stored now, before Fall!

Due to the unusual circumstances of 2020, we have already been seeing a greater amount of firewood orders, and there is a predicted industry-wide shortage of firewood this Fall and early Winter.

To make sure your home is prepared for the first cold spell and the snow and storms to follow, we strongly recommend replenishing your firewood supply before the end of Summer. This will ensure you’re stocked and heating with quality, pre-seasoned firewood instead of hunting for green, wet wood and paying higher prices for long-distance delivery!

Order Firewood from the Best

Best Firewood and Mulch has been serving Chicagoland with seasoned firewood since 1982. We stand behind our quality firewood and mulch products and offer easy online ordering.

Check out our delivery area here.

Order Firewood Online

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Premium Hardwood Mulch $5 OFF through 5/31/20

Premium Hardwood Mulch SALE

Premium Hardwood Mulch

ONLY $30/yard!

100% organic, triple-processed Oak hardwood & bark.
Aged to a rich chocolate brown. No dyes or additives!

Dumped orders only.

Does not apply to previous or future orders. No holds.

Ends midnight on Sunday, May 31, 2020.

 

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Our delivery crew will be practicing “social distancing”
by limiting contact with homeowners.

    • You will receive a text message update the day prior to delivery.
    • Mulch will be dumped on driveways. If you have dumping instructions, please let us know.
    • Our crew will not ring doorbells.
    • Orders may be paid by credit card online or with the office.
    • If paying by check, please put in an envelope and tape to your door.
    • Any questions, please call the office.

Thank you and stay safe!


See our service area here.

Ask about delivery, spreading, and cleanup services!

 


 

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Hardwood Mulches on SALE through 5/2/20

Best Selling Mulch on SALE

THANK YOU for supporting a small family-owned business!


Premium Triple Processed Hardwood Mulch

was $35, now $31/yard

Processed 3 times and dark rich brown in color. Oak hardwoods with whole log and bark.


Blended Hardwood Mulch

was $29.50, now $25/yard

Processed 2 times. More shredded pieces and light to medium brown in color. From a mix of hardwoods.


This sale price is available for online orders!

Dumped orders only.

Does not apply to previous or future orders. No holds.

Ends midnight on Saturday, May 2, 2020.


Our delivery crew will be practicing “social distancing”
by limiting contact with homeowners.

    • You will receive a text message update the day prior to delivery.
    • Mulch will be dumped on driveways. If you have dumping instructions, please let us know.
    • Our crew will not ring doorbells.
    • Orders may be paid by credit card online or with the office.
    • If paying by check, please put in an envelope and tape to your door.
    • Any questions, please call the office.

Thank you and stay safe!


See our service area here.

Ask about delivery, spreading, and cleanup services!

 


 

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Building the Best Backyard Fire

Building a fire isn’t just a skill for campers or survivalists! Gathering around a backyard fire allows for hours of enjoyment with family and friends. Here’s an explanation of a few different campfire styles, how to alter the fire-building process based on the container being used, and tips and tricks to ensure you have a roaring fire in no time.

Campfire Styles for Fire Pits & Rings

There are numerous campfire styles, but here are three basic varieties that work in most circumstances.

The classic “teepee” campfire is easy to build and very effective. Simply collect small, dry pieces of kindling and lean them together to create a teepee shape. Keep the structure loose to add tinder to the center. Numerous things serve as tinder, including dry grasses, twigs, or paper. Once the materials are in place, light the tinder. Maintain good airflow and add additional larger pieces of wood as the fire starts going. This allows it to build slowly.

Build a “log cabin” fire when warmth is needed, but you don’t want to stoke the flames continuously. Gather four logs, place two parallel in the fire area, and then place the other two logs crosswise on top of those. Once all four logs are positioned, they should look like the number symbol, or “hashtag.” Place tinder in the center, stack smaller pieces atop the structure in the same pattern, and light the fire. Replace wood as needed.

Create a “platform” when you plan to cook over the fire. Place large logs horizontally in the fire area before adding small logs vertically on top of this foundation. Continue building the woodpile in this way before adding a small kindling teepee at the top. Light the fire. The wood burns down until coals are present and glowing, giving off steady, high heat perfect for cooking and roasting.

Outdoor Fireplaces & Brick Ovens

When building a fire in an outdoor fireplace, put a layer of ash or sand down first. This helps the fire continue once it gets started.

Brick ovens need a gentle, consistent fire to cook food properly once the oven’s walls and floors have been heated, which can take an hour or more. Start by creating a nice bed of embers and add a larger piece of wood once they are going. The goal is to have a steady, small flame that doesn’t die down quickly.

Use the Best Firewood

The best backyard fires need the best, pre-seasoned firewood to burn hot, clean, and long. We’ve been delivering high-quality firewood to the Chicago area since 1982. All the wood used for our firewood and mulch is purchased locally and is cut, split and stored on site!

 

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$5 OFF Premium Hardwood Mulch through 4/10/20

SALE on our Premium Hardwood Mulch

THANK YOU for supporting a small family-owned business!

Take $5.00 OFF every yard of

Premium Hardwood Mulch

That’s $30/yard!

Must call 630-851-3062 and mention this ad.

Dumped orders only.

Does not apply to online, previous or future orders. No holds.

Ends 3PM on Friday, April 10, 2020.

 

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Our delivery crew will be practicing “social distancing”
by limiting contact with homeowners.

    • You will receive a text message update the day prior to delivery.
    • Mulch will be dumped on driveways. If you have dumping instructions, please let us know.
    • Our crew will not ring doorbells.
    • Orders may be paid by credit card online or with the office.
    • If paying by check, please put in an envelope and tape to your door.
    • Any questions, please call the office.

Thank you and stay safe!


See our service area here.

Ask about delivery, spreading, and cleanup services!

 


 

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Organic Mulch as a Functional and Decorative Yard Accent

Using Mulch as a Decorative, Functional Accent

Organic mulch offers a number of benefits to home gardeners, including increased moisture retention, easy maintenance, effective weed control, and erosion mitigation. These practical benefits of organic mulch aren’t the only reasons it’s so popular among landscapers and home gardeners, though. Organic mulch also confers aesthetic benefits. Read on to find out how to take advantage of them in any garden or landscape.

How to Choose the Right Mulch

The first thing to consider when adding mulch to a garden or landscape is what kind of trees were used to produce it. Premium hardwood mulch is usually sourced from oak trees. Regular hardwood mulch can be made from the bark or wood of any type of hardwood tree.

Organic mulch is formulated only from natural wood. It doesn’t contain dyes or colorants like most decorative mulches, which makes it perfect for everything from flower beds to food gardens. Choosing a supplier that uses only organic products not treated with chemical additives is a great way to ensure that gardeners won’t be introducing toxins into their soil. Anyone who wants to mulch vegetable beds should seriously consider sticking with organic materials.

Colored Mulches

Not all colored mulches are dyed with chemicals. Organic suppliers use natural ingredients to color their mulch, which means buyers can use it wherever they want without worrying about how it will affect their soil, plants, and health. Here are a few innovative ideas for using natural colored mulch to beautify a landscape:

  • Choose a brown or red mulch to complement brick houses.
  • Use a black or dark brown mulch to create contrast in flower beds.
  • Try a mixture of colors to add visual interest.
  • Cover all bare soil to control erosion.
  • Protect the bases of trees with blonde mulch to create color contrast with trunks.
  • Apply organic mulches directly to soil.

Hardwood vs. Softwood Mulches

Softwood mulches may be just as beautiful as hardwood mulches, but they can alter the pH of the soil. Pine trees, for example, can make the soil more acidic. This impacts the plants grown in flower beds, vegetable gardens, and lawns, so it’s best to stick to hardwood mulches in any areas where plants are grown.

It’s also relevant to note that hardwood mulches usually break down faster than softwood mulches. That’s because most of the fungi that help break down wood thrive in hardwoods. This may sound like a disadvantage, but gardeners know that fungal networks improve soil health and broken down mulch adds organic matter to the soil, especially if it’s full of beneficial fungi. Want to improve the mulch’s appearance without destroying its beneficial fungi? Just rinse the top layer of mulch off using a garden hose.

The Bottom Line

Organic hardwood mulches are much better for the environment than chemically treated or dyed alternatives. They’re also better for garden beds than softwood mulches, since they don’t dramatically alter soil pH. Incorporating mulch into the landscape will be great for both the local ecosystem and the home’s residents since it will beautify the property while simultaneously increasing soil fertility.

Place an online order today, and ask about our spreading and yard cleanup services!

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“Social Distancing” Delivery Update

Best Firewood Dump Truck

DELIVERY UPDATE
We’re delivering orders as usual, but…

Our delivery crew will be practicing “social distancing”
by limiting contact with homeowners.

Starting 3/16/20:

    • You will receive a text message update the day prior to delivery.
    • Wood will be stacked in outdoor locations only, or dumped on driveways. If you have stacking instructions, please let us know.
    • Our crew will not ring doorbells.
    • Orders may be paid by credit card online or with the office.
    • If paying by check, please put in an envelope and tape to your door.
    • Any questions, please call the office.

Thank you and stay safe!

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Locally Sourced Firewood Delivered to Naperville IL

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At Best Firewood and Mulch, we locally source our firewood, then cut, split, and store it on-site. Need firewood delivery to Naperville? We deliver and stack!

Seasoned Firewood

When wood is freshly cut, it is referred to as “green” wood. This type of wood isn’t what should be burned for heating a home. All firewood has to age, which is commonly referred to as curing or “seasoning” the wood. If you try to use logs from a freshly cut tree in your fireplace, you’ll have to deal with dangerous creosote build-up and lots of smoke, risking chimney fires. That’s why all our firewood is already aged or kiln-dried.

Firewood Delivery and Stacking

We supply the Naperville, IL area with high-quality, seasoned firewood. And we not only deliver, our team can stack firewood for you too! For an additional fee per cord, we’ll stack your firewood order at ground level. In the winter, just keep a path shoveled for us.

There are some guidelines to follow to ensure that the firewood is placed in the best locations outside your home, so that it can stay dry and continue to season for best burning results.

  • Firewood should be kept up from direct contact with the ground to keep it from drawing moisture. There are various sizes of firewood racks you can purchase from home supply stores, or you can use cement blocks, pallets, or boards to raise the firewood 2-3 inches.
  • Firewood should also be partially or fully protected from the elements. Locating your stacked firewood under an overhang is ideal, but a tarp covering the top of the pile works as well. Don’t cover the sides of the stack, as this keeps air from circulating and inhibits drying (and provides a place for critters to hide too). Keep the stack a few inches away from walls for the same reason.

Order Firewood from the Best

Best Firewood and Mulch has been serving Chicagoland with seasoned firewood since 1982! We stand behind our quality firewood and mulch products and offer easy online ordering.

Check out our delivery area here.

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Are You Enjoying Your Fireplace This Year?

Wood Burning Picture

Many Aurora Residents Enjoy Using Their Homes’ Fireplaces Come Winter

Nothing warms up a cold home more pleasantly than a crackling fire. Homes in Aurora frequently feature fireplaces and wood stoves that see plenty of use throughout the winter. Sellers of high-quality Firewood near Aurora IL make it easy to make the most of such amenities.

More Than Mere Heat

With wintertime highs frequently staying well below freezing, Aurora is a city where staying warm often becomes a top priority. Most homes include heating systems that handle the brunt of the work, but turning on a furnace is not always the only possible response to cold weather.

Houses that feature fireplaces and wood-burning stoves provide occupants with another way to keep warm when temperatures drop outside. Compared to central heating, a fireplace or wood stove will tend to provide heat that is more:

  • Focused. Keeping an entire home at a comfortable temperature can easily mean spending too much on energy bills. Using a fireplace to warm a room that sees a lot of use will often prove more economical. Although it takes a bit of practice, the intensity of a fire can also be adjusted to match the preferences of those around it.
  • Engaging. Relaxing in a fireplace-equipped living room after a great meal can be extremely rewarding. Casually tending to a fire will take a person’s mind off the concerns and stresses of the day and make for a great transition to evening.
  • Appealing. There is nothing especially interesting about warm air blowing out of an HVAC register. A fire burning atop a hearth, though, will always draw appreciative attention. Simply watching logs burn and hearing them crackle will make anyone in the area feel relaxed and content.

Excellent Firewood is Readily Available

For reasons like these and others, many Aurora residents enjoy making use of their own fireplaces and wood stoves every winter. Seasoned Firewood that has been allowed to dry to a state perfect for burning can be obtained from vendors in the area.

Stocking up on high-quality firewood before winter arrives will ensure a comfortable, enjoyable season. Making frequent use of a home’s fireplace or wood-burning stove is an effective way of taking the sting out of winter.