All wood burns, but there are some which burn more easily or provide more heat or are more available for firewood. Birch wood, for instance, is one of the best kinds of firewood, but because it makes the most beautiful woodwork and furniture, people wouldn’t imagine burning it for a simple fire. That would be like putting Jack Daniel’s in Coke! So here are the top five woods for firewood which have the best availability and advantages:
Pine- Considered a soft wood, this is especially good for kindling. Pine dries out faster than your average hardwood and lights easily. Though, I would suggest using this wood outdoors for camping or for a fire pit because the oily soot it produces will stick to your chimney. As a soft wood, it will burn fast and hot, but has a pretty short burn time compared to hardwoods.
Fir- Creates a nice natural smell which always reminds me of Christmas. Fir is the most trouble-free wood because its really easy to start a fire with and doesn’t take very long to dry and be usable for a fire. Easy to split and pretty inexpensive to buy, Fir is a good purchase. However, like with all softwoods, it will burn hot but not for very long. Fir burns pretty quickly, so if you have it in your fireplace, you probably won’t have any hot coals by morning.
Maple- A hardwood, Maple has a pretty high energy content. Though it won’t burn as hot as softwoods, it will burn a long time, giving consistent heat to your living room or outdoor area. Not heavy in smoke, a lot of people are satisfied with Maple wood.
Oak- The upside with Oak is that it has a very high heat output. The downside is that it takes a long time to dry out to be usable as firewood. Up to two years may be required to really dry your Oak wood out. Provides good, consistent heat which will last through the night.
Ash- This hardwood burns well, even if a little damp still. It also gives a unique flavor to meat if you’re grilling out on your fire pit. And, you’ll have hot coals in the morning to easily start another fire!
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