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January 2, 2014

Buying Firewood

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Dry, Seasoned or Green

Before you buy, find out if the firewood is split and if the dealer provides dry, seasoned or green wood. Split wood dries faster. It is not easy to determine the moisture content of firewood. Depending on the species, cut and split wood needs six to eight months of drying time. Therefore, working with a reputable dealer is critical. Unless the wood is kiln-dried, which assures a consistent moisture content of about 20 percent, the wood will vary quite a bit. Seasoned wood tends to be around 30 percent moisture content. Green wood can be in excess of 50 percent moisture content.

How to Store Firewood

Consider where you want the wood to be dumped and if you want the dealer to stack the wood for you. Have the firewood dumped near to where it will be stored. Find a sunny spot with good air flow and place the wood off the ground on stringers or old pallets. Cover only the top of the pile to avoid trapping moisture.

Take Precautions

• New Hampshire law requires that a receipt or delivery ticket be presented to the buyer upon delivery. It is important that you receive a receipt for each load that is delivered. The receipt should include the names and addresses of the seller and buyer, the delivery date, the quantity delivered and the quantity upon which the price is based, the price for the amount delivered and a description of what was delivered.

• Never pre-pay for multiple loads; pay upon delivery.

• Upon delivery, immediately inspect the wood to ensure that what you received is what you ordered. Stack the wood within two weeks to assure the volume ordered was the volume delivered. And, if there are any problems with or questions about the wood, contact the seller before burning or moving any of it.

If you have general questions about firewood, call the UNH Cooperative Extension Forestry Information Center at (800) 444-8978 or e-mail forest.info@unh.edu. For quarantine or other regulatory questions, contact the N.H. Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food Division of Weights and Measures at (603) 271-3700.

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Obituaries
  • Alan J. Walker, 68

    Kingston, N.H. — Mr. Alan James Walker, 68, passed away peacefully at his home on July 8, 2014, after a long, brave battle with cancer.

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  • James Reese

    Raymond, NH — James Edwin Reese, 74, passed away on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, surrounded by his family and friends at his home in Raymond, N.H. He was the son of John and Ruth Reese, born on Oct. 29, 1939 in Edensburg, Pa. James graduated from Central Cambria High School in Pennsylvania before proudly serving in the U.S. Army as a food inspector. His military service was followed by 31 years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a meat inspector. Mr. Reese was an avid outdoorsman and spent much of his time fishing, camping and hiking in the White Mountains. He became involved in the Boy Scouts and enjoyed passing on his vast knowledge of the wilderness to others. Throughout his retirement years he enjoyed woodworking, raising rabbits and working in his garden.

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  • Velma J. Reid

    South Hampton, NH — Velma J. Reid, 80, died peacefully on July 17, 2014 at Exeter Hospital, surrounded by family. She was born in Haverhill, Mass. on June 8, 1934, the daughter of the late George C.W. and Alta I. (Kimball) Haynes. A graduate of Haverhill High School, Velma worked at Western Electric until she had children. For years, she was a devoted “stay-at-home” mom who raised her three children in a loving, nurturing environment. She later worked various manufacturing jobs until her retirement. After retiring, she volunteered her time at various organizations and was very involved at the East Kingston Community United Methodist Church as a member of the women’s guild, assisting with the holiday fair, and helping out wherever she could. She had a passion for animals, and would donate money, food, and blankets to the NH SPCA. She loved to sew and made a personalized quilt for every member of her family. She was also a member of the “Ugly Quilts” group, which made blankets and sleeping bags for the homeless using recycled fabric. She is survived by her husband, Clyde Reid of South Hampton, N.H.; daughter, Pam Eaton of Danville, N.H.; son and daughter-in-law, Douglas and Kim Reid of Raymond, N.H.; daughter, Shirley Reid of South Hampton, N.H.; two sisters, Gwen Stuart of Haverhill, and Norma Taplin of Dracut; four grandchildren, Cheryl and Marc Welch, and Kristen and Joshua Reid, and several nieces and nephews.

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  • Carleen A. Knowlton, 80

    Danville, NH — Carleen A. (Rhoadhouse) Knowlton, 80, of Danville and formerly of Hampstead, died on July 7, 2014, at her home.

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  • Miriam O. (Graham) Graham, 84

    Kingston, NH — Miriam O. (Graham) Graham, 84, a resident of Kingston since 2001, and former longtime resident of Grafton, Mass., died peacefully, surrounded by her family, on July 11, 2014, following a long illness.

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