The Best Firewood: Things You Need To Know About Plantation Timber Or Red Gum

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The cooler months of the year will see those lucky enough to have a wood fireplace rushing to stock up on wood to last through the winter. If you are smart, you will have done your research and be in-the-know about where to get the best firewood. Similar to when you are cooking, when it comes to having the best blaze to keep your family warm and cosy during the winter season, you need to have the best ingredients.

When choosing the most appropriate wood there are some wood types that will tick all the boxes for you, and produce the best results for your fireplace, the environment and your hip pocket. Let’s look at some of the factors that make plantation timbers such as red gum, the firewood that gives you the most value for money.

Sustainability

If you consider how many people use a fireplace during winter, you may wonder where all the wood will be coming from and how sustainable is the practice. Plantation timber is grown sustainably to ensure that as trees are cut, there are new trees that are already growing to replace what is being used. In particular, the river redgum, also known as eucalyptus, is one species that grows abundantly throughout the country. It is a popular species for use in plantations because it grows in a wide variety of climatic conditions, is able to grow in extreme temperatures of hot and cold, and is able to survive and thrive through variances in rainfall.

Quality

As we have spoken about before in our previous articles, the hardwoods are the best choice for wood for the fireplace because it is long burning and produces less smoke. The quality of that wood has an important role to play. If the wood is moist in any way, it can cause a residue that leaves the wood during burning, and collects upon the chimney, which if not cleaned properly can eventually cause a fire. River redgum is a quality wood for using in the fireplace because it is in the hard wood family, but remember, the wood that you use is only as good as how well it has been cared for. So to get the most from your hardwood, be sure to store it correctly and allow for good air flow.

For more information about the best firewood, or to find out where our plantation wood comes from, pop by for a visit at Bacchus Marsh & Redgum Garden Centre today.


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