Types of Wood: A Guide to Burning Fires
Knowing a thing or two about the different types of firewood can maximize efficiency and save you trouble when it comes to burning fires. It is important to note that not all firewood gives the same results and that understanding the characteristics of different types is key to choosing the best firewood for your needs.
Firewood has two categories which are hardwood (denser than softwood, will burn for longer and produce more heat) and softwood.
- OAK: It can be found everywhere and is very dense meaning it will burn for longer.
- BIRCH: Can be used as a natural fire starter. Burns quickly.
- ASH: Burns well on its own. Produces a steady flame. One of the favourite woods to use.
- CEDAR: Gives off a pleasant smell. Strong crackling sound and long lasting heat with a little flame.
- PINE: Lights easily and burns fast with a good flame. Amazing fire starter. High sap and resin content.
- LARCH: Hardest out of the softwoods and harder than some hardwoods. Burns very hot. Must be seasoned well. Popular due to low maintenance.
Kiln dried logs give the ultimate clean burn with maximum heat output. They burn amazingly and they save you from a build-up of soot or tar in your fireplace. As Kiln dried logs have so much heat output, you will actually need to use less than if you were to buy seasoned logs. Furthermore, unlike seasoned logs which can be inconsistent in terms of their moisture content due to the natural and varied drying process, you can rely on Kiln dried logs every time as they are consistent.