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Town Offers Free Firewood

Oyster Bay Town Councilman Joe Muscarella announced that beginning Friday, Dec. 16, the town will have free firewood available for town residents.

“Starting Friday, Dec. 16, and continuing every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through mid-March 2012, Town of Oyster Bay residents can come to the town highway yard, 150 Miller Place, Syosset, after 3 p.m. on Friday and between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, to pick up a trunk full of cut, but not split wood,” Muscarella said. “No vehicles with commercial plates will be permitted. Residents should be aware that while the bins are filled each day, the wood goes quickly.”

Muscarella went on to say that getting firewood is only half the picture.

“Remember that both the fireplace and chimney need to be cleaned and inspected before the first use of the season to avoid any chance of a chimney fire,” the councilman cautioned. “The most common problem with the chimney is the buildup of creosote that collects in the stovepipe, chimney lining and flue. This buildup can be the cause of a dangerous fire, threatening life and property. If you are not able to scrape off the creosote accumulation yourself, be sure to hire a professional.

“Precautions should also be taken when the fireplace is in use,” the councilman continued. “The damper must always remain open whenever the fire is lit in the fireplace, and either screening or glass doors should be used to keep sparks from flying into the room.”

The councilman noted that many of the precautions regarding fireplaces also pertain to wood stoves, especially when it comes to keeping them clean and free of creosote.

“Few things warm the body and soul like a toasty fire,” Muscarella commented. “So, pick up some free firewood, courtesy of the town, make sure your fireplace…or wood stove…is in good working order and enjoy the special warmth that a fireplace or wood stove radiates.” For further information, call 677-5757.