Add Radiant Heat Comfort to Your Kithen!!

September 22nd, 2015

Add Radiant Heat Comfort To Your Kitchen.


Spa-Comfort for Warm Feet… Every Day!

One customer in South Dakota recently installed a warm floor system in his kitchen.
“I installed the Radiant Heat system I purchased from Gil at Woodland Construction under a marble floor. I did it myself and found it relatively simple to do with a little friendly advice. The floor is so nice and warm that I’ve used it to convince my wife that we should install warm floors in two more bathrooms. I find myself walking into the room to warm my feet on a cold morning. It’s great!”.

As the cooler fall and winter seasons approach, our kitchen and bathroom floors suddenly turn uncomfortably cold. Homeowners have to think about putting socks or slippers on before stepping into the kitchen for breakfast. Kids can’t play or walk on the floor in the dining area any longer because the tile or wood floor feels too cold. Now, there is an easy way to heat up those cold tile, stone, or wood surfaces by installing a Radiant Electric Floor Heating system. You won’t believe how good it feels, and how comfortable your kitchen will become.

Gil Hitesman from Woodland Construction noted that:

“Radiant heating systems can be installed under tile or marble,
but also under hardwood or laminate”.

It may also be comforting to know that electric systems are highly energy efficient.

“Operating a heated floor in a medium-sized kitchen will cost on
average 15-40 cents a day.”

Remember, at Woodland Construction, we want to help you stay comfortable all year long!

Nows The Time To Sweep Your Chimney!

September 22nd, 2010


Winter is just around the corner and everyone is trying to get their chimneys in order for the fall.
It seems that every year about this time, my phone starts ringing off the wall, and that is great!! At woodland construction, we want to hear from all of you for your chimney sweep needs.
Many people have asked what kind of wood to burn so I hope this information will help and bring everyone hot, bright fires.


How to Select Firewood

Firewood is an area where you can have great influence over how well your system performs and how enjoyable your experience will be. Quality, well seasoned firewood will help your wood stove or fireplace burn cleaner and more efficiently, while green or wet wood can cause smoking problems, odor problems, rapid creosote buildup and possibly even dangerous chimney fires.

A few minutes spent understanding firewood will be time well spent, so please read on for general background information, as well as how to buy wood and store wood.

Seasoned Wood
All firewood contains water. Freshly cut wood can be up to 45% water!, while well seasoned firewood generally has a 20-25% moisture content. Well seasoned firewood is easier to start, produces more heat, and burns cleaner. The important thing to remember is that the water must be gone before the wood will burn. If your wood is cut 6 months to a year in advance and properly stored, the sun and wind will do the job for free. If you try to burn green wood, the heat produced by combustion must dry the wood before it will burn, using up a large percentage of the available energy in the process. This results in less heat delivered to your home, and literally gallons of acidic water in the form of creosote deposited in your chimney.

Wood is composed of bundles of microscopic tubes that were used to transport water from the roots of the tree to the leaves. These tubes will stay full of water for years even after a tree is dead. This is why it is so important to have your firewood cut to length for 6 months or more before you burn it, it gives this water a chance to evaporate since the tube ends are finally open and the water only has to migrate a foot or two to escape. Splitting the wood helps too by exposing more surface area to the sun and wind, but cutting the wood to shorter lengths is of primary importance.

There are a few things you can look for to see if the wood you intend to purchase is seasoned or not. Well seasoned firewood generally has darkened ends with cracks or splits visible, it is relatively lightweight, and makes a clear “clunk” when two pieces are beat together. Green wood on the other hand is very heavy, the ends look fresher, and it tends to make a dull “thud” when struck. These clues can fool you however, and by far the best way to be sure you have good wood when you need it is to buy your wood the spring before you intend to burn it and store it properly.

Storing Firewood
Even well seasoned firewood can be ruined by bad storage. Exposed to constant rain or covered in snow, wood will reabsorb large amounts of water, making it unfit to burn and causing it to rot before it can be used. Wood should be stored off the ground if possible and protected from excess moisture when weather threatens.

The ideal situation is a wood shed, where there is a roof but open or loose sides for plenty of air circulation to promote drying. Next best would be to keep the wood pile in a sunny location and cover it on rainy or snowy days, being sure to remove the covering during fair weather to allow air movement and to avoid trapping ground moisture under the covering. Also don’t forget that your woodpile also looks like heaven to termites, so it’s best to only keep a week or so worth of wood near the house in easy reach. With proper storage you can turn even the greenest wood into great firewood in 6 months or a year, and it can be expected to last 3 or 4 years if necessary.

Buying Firewood
Firewood is generally sold by volume, the most common measure being the cord. Other terms often employed are face cord, rick, or often just a truckload. A standard cord of firewood is 128 cubic feet of wood, generally measured as a pile 8 feet long by 4 feet tall by 4 feet deep. A face cord is also 8 feet long by 4 feet tall, but it is only as deep as the wood is cut, so a face cord of 16″ wood actually is only 1/3 of a cord, 24″ wood yields 1/2 of a cord, and so on.

Webster defines a rick simply as a pile, and truck sizes obviously vary tremendously, so it is very important that you get all of this straight with the seller before agreeing on a price; there is much room for misunderstanding. It is best to have your wood storage area set up in standard 4 or 8 foot increments, pay the wood seller the extra few dollars often charged to stack the wood, and warn him before he arrives that you will cheerfully pay only when the wood actually measures up to an agreed upon amount.

Another thought concerning getting what you pay for is that although firewood is usually sold by volume, heat production is dependent on weight. Pound for pound, all wood has approximately the same BTU content, but a cord of seasoned hardwood weighs about twice as much as the same volume of softwood, and consequently contains almost twice as much potential heat. If the wood you are buying is not all hardwood, consider offering a little less in payment.

I hope this has cleared up any doubts you may have had, and as always, we are always at your service in The Black Hills.

Gil Hitesman

CEO Woodland Construction

Chimney Sweep Specialist

Roofing Types

July 29th, 2010

Sturgis Bike Week Is Right Around The Corner

July 12th, 2010

   Well, It seems like only last week that the bikes were rolling down Main St. In just a couple of weeks the Rally will be in full swing.

   The first rally was held on August 14, 1938, by the “Jackpine Gypsies” motorcycle club, who still own and operate the tracks, hillclimb, and field areas where the rally is centered. The first event was called the “Black Hills Classic” and consisted of a single race with nine participants and a small audience. The founder is generally considered to be Clarence “Pappy” Hoel. He purchased an Indian Motorcycle franchise in Sturgis in 1936 and formed the “Jackpine Gypsies” that same year.

The focus of a motorcycle rally was originally racing and stunts. In 1961, the rally was expanded to include the Hillclimb and Motocross races.  This could include half-mile track racing (the first year in Sturgis, there were 19 participants), intentional board wall crashes, ramp jumps and head-on collisions with automobiles.

The Sturgis Rally has been held every year, with exceptions during Word War II. For instance, in 1942, the event was not held due to gasoline rationing.

This rally is known as a rowdy affair, unsuitable for small children. Public alcohol consumption/drunkenness and public nudity are occasional problems for the local Police.

Recent Rallies

In recent years, there has been a revitalization of motorcycling and a new group of fans that are interested in the old rallies. This has led to huge attendance numbers for classic rallies such as Sturgis. Attendance was estimated at 514,951 in 2004, 525,250 in 2005, and 754,844 in 2000—statistics rivaling South Dakota’s population. Many of the new attendees of the Sturgis Rally are families, bringing their children and driving trailers and campers to the rally, riding their motorcycles the last few miles.  This has prompted several of the attendees to start wearing patches and shirts saying “I Rode Mine to Sturgis” with the date instead of the traditional patch stating that the wearer attended the event in that year.

Woodland Construction, located in Sturgis, welcomes the Rally each year, providing vacation home maintenence and repairVacation Home Services make up a large portion of our clientell, making us a firm supporter of Bike Week.

Special Thanks to all Sturgis Rally goers!

Gil Hitesman

CEO Woodland Construction

Ways to make your summer greener!

June 7th, 2010

As the first day of summer finally approaches, we’re all enjoying the green lawns, planning vacations, and eventually, planning to get to that list of things we need done around the house. We all know that there is not enough hours in the day to do everything we need done, let alone worry about going with the new green trend. But here are some simple things, that you may have planned on doing anyway, that can be done to make your summer greener.

Home Projects to Save Energy and Help the Environment

When considering home improvements a growing concern among homeowners is how to reduce a household’s carbon footprint. Doing so protects the environment and also saves money. But where to start? These are some of the top ways that you can make your home greener.


The average heating bill for an American home in 2009 was around $960. Poorly insulated homes can cost double the amount to heat than a well-insulated household. The greatest amount of heat – around 25% – is lost through the roof, so even just insulating your attic can result in significant savings.

Furthermore, insulation can make your house more comfortable all year round – as well as keeping it warm in the winter it will keep it cool in the summer.

Install new double pane windows

Insulation doesn’t just mean padding out the attic – windows are another prime source of heat loss. If your windows are particularly old there may also be cracks and holes which can have a massive impact on your home’s ability to retain heat.

Double glazing is more than twice as good as single glazing at keeping in heat because of the conductive properties of glass and air. Glass is a relatively good conductor of heat, but air is relatively poor, and trapping a thin layer of air between two panes effectively provides an insulating later inside the window.

Seal up cracks and other openings

A very simple, yet effective way to green up your home is to have all those cracks and openings around windows and doors caulked and properly sealed. This is extremely important in older homes because a significant amount of air passes through these tiny little openings.

I hope this blog has given some easy yet practical ways to help make your home more efficient this summer.

Gil Hitesman
Woodland Construction,
Home Repair Specialist


Welcome To Woodland Construction Blog

May 29th, 2010

Hi all,
Welcome to the Woodland Construction blog.

Sturgis based Woodland Construction is a South Dakota construction company providing all kinds of building services in and around Black Hills.

With over 20 years of building excellence and an unblemished record to boot, Woodland Construction is always expanding its scope of operations. No job is too big or small for us. We provide top quality services at reasonable prices to suit your needs and budget.

There will be blog posts varying from South Dakota construction industry to the various sporting and tourist activities that our famous state is renowned for.

I look forward to good interaction from the wider South Dakota community on this blog.

Gil Hitesman