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What Types of Firewood Should I Use?

Nov 25

What Types of Firewood Should I Use?

What kind of firewood can you use to start a flame? Each wood species can be burned in a different way, and there are many options. Here are some common and readily-available firewood varieties.



Oak

Oak is a highly sought-after hardwood species. However, oak must be seasoned for at most two years before its use. Oak loses its durability and long-lasting appeal when it isn’t properly aged.

 

A well-seasoned oak is a great option for homeowners. It emits very little smoke and sparks and can last for long periods. It's also a popular option for wood-burning fireplaces.

 

Ash

Ash radiates an even, steady glow. Ash is easy and quick to split. It also emits heat well and leaves no odor. This wood is suitable for indoor fire pits as it produces very few sparks.

 

This wood has low moisture content. This wood can be seasoned in less time and is, therefore, cheaper than other hardwoods.

 

Cherry

Cherry wood, which is highly sought-after in furniture making, can make it difficult to find firewood.

The cherry firewood timber is a great selection. It has a great aroma and produces very low smoke. After one year, cherrywood is ready to use as firewood.

 

Cherry wood will not burn with a very warm flame. It can still heat the room with enough warmth.

 

Hawthorn

Hawthorn can be hard to split but burns well with low heat and little smoke. Hawthorn is the best type of firewood to heat your house if you live near very cold areas.

These trees are closely associated with cherry, apple, and pear trees. They share many of the same positive attributes. It is dense, hard, and finely textured.

 

Hazel

The hazel tree produces delicious nuts. However, the flexible wood from the hazel tree is perfect for making garden furniture and stakes.

 

It is easy and quick to split hazelwood. It can be used for making firewood.

 

Beech

Beech is watery so you should season it well before using it as firewood. It can burn well if dried correctly. It is used to create briquettes, which can store heat for many hours.

 

The bark of this wood is not prone to flaking. This means that it will not make a mess around your yard and home-like other hardwoods.

 

These trees can be very invading so they are great for firewood. You can make Budweiser beer with beech chips. They are also great for smoking meats.

 

Birch

For fire-making, the best tree species are yellow or black Birch. Because of their long-lasting fire retardancy, these woods' dense fibers can burn for hours under high heat.

 

They smell fantastic when stored indoors. The scent of yellow Birch is bright and wintergreen. While the sweeter, more floral aroma of black Birch is pleasing, it needs to be kept in the house for longer periods. The minimum seasoning period is two years. White Birch is a good choice for kindling as it is easy to light. It is not suitable for firewood.

 

The thin bark on the white birch is paperlike and water-resistant. This makes it a great choice to camp in cold and wet conditions. This makes white Birch difficult to dry.

 

Alder

Alder trees are a fast-growing form of a birch trees. They are also one of the most used woods to make charcoal.

 

Since it grows so fast, it's also a great choice for environmentally-conscious homeowners. Alder works best when mixed with dense hardwoods such maple, oak, and honeydew.

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