How To Pick The Best Firewood for Clean-burning, Long-lasting Fires

Logs piled for firewood

Who doesn’t love a toasty warm fireplace to heat up their home during the cold winter months? If you have ever struggled to get it going, you may be surprised to know that different woods will produce very different results.

Your choice of wood is one variable that you can control, to assist in getting a good fire started. Additionally, how the wood is arranged prior to lighting the fire will have a major impact on how well the fire allows for oxygen to feed the flames and burn the wood.

Kindling in a Variety of Sizes

An important part of choosing the right wood is in the size of wood for getting the fire going. The first thing you need is a good stack of dry kindling of various sizes. After arranging the newspaper in place, you will arrange the kindling from smallest to largest before placing the smaller of the hardwood logs. At this point you can light the newspaper and get the fire going, before putting on the log that you want to burn.

Dry and Dense Wood

When choosing logs for your fire, it is best to look for wood that is dry and dense. Wood that is lighter and less dense, will burn quickly, and you will find that you are using a lot more wood than if you were using a harder wood. Wood that is moist, will burn slower, but is not as clean as dry wood, and it will actually need to use some of the heat energy to get the log burning. It also leaves a residue in the chimney that will require extra cleaning.

Hardwood is the usual wood of choice, as it burns longer and slower than wood that is not as dense. It is best to split your hardwood into logs of a similar size to fit into your fireplace, while having some smaller sized logs for getting the fire going.

Adequate Storage

Believe it or not, but how well you store your wood will have a huge effect on how well it burns, as well as how long it will last.

  • Wood needs to be stored in a well-ventilated area, preferably inside, but if you are only able to store it outside it needs to be covered with a tarp or a waterproof cloth.
  • It will need to be elevated above ground level to prevent moisture and stacked in such a way that allows oxygen to flow around the wood.
  • A pattern of crossing the wood is a good way, but as long as you allow air flow to travel around the wood it will prevent moisture from getting into it and deteriorating the wood.

Talk to Bacchus Marsh & Redgum Garden Centre for information about finding a good wood supplier near you.


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