The Top Four Choices For Firewood
When the winter chills hit the air and we are looking for a way of keeping the family warm, many people are seeing the benefit and joy of having a wood combustion heater to heat their homes. The key to getting the most out of your wood combustion heater is choosing firewood that is going to give you the best experience, both on your hip pocket, for the environment and inside your fireplace.
The best kind of wood for burning in a wood combustion heater are your hardwoods, as the softer woods burn too quickly, which would mean you are burning more, and running out faster. In Australia, we are lucky to have a variety of hardwoods that are available depending where you live. Some of these include red gum, beech, ironbark and gum. Your local supplier such as Bacchus Marsh & Redgum Garden Centre will be able to point you in the direction of a plentiful supply. Having said that, be sure to order wood early before winter to ensure that you have a good supply ready for when the temperature really cools down.
For some, there may be concern with the sustainability of using wood for burning, so it is important to be mindful of from where your firewood is being sourced. Often arborists will have a stockpile of good hardwood available from trees they have cut down, which they usually sell by the truckload. A good garden centre will likely have a good supply of plantation hardwood or be able to point you in the right direction. Plantation hardwood is grown sustainably to ensure that it is replenished for the following years, so choosing sustainable sources is a must.
Dry is Best
The drier the wood, the better it is for burning. The more moisture content in the wood means that it will not burn properly and the energy from the fire will be used to dry the wood as it burns, which means less warmth for you and your family. Additionally, wood that has been freshly cut, and is still moist produces pollutants that can clog up your chimney, which will need to be cleaned out more regularly; otherwise, it becomes a safety hazard.
If wood is not stored properly, it will gather moisture and not be in optimal condition for burning in your wood heater. Wood should be stored preferably in a shed that is well ventilated and also provide protection from the weather. If you need to store it outside, it should be stacked in a way that it is stored off the ground and there is ample space to allow for air to circulate around it.