Choosing the best firewood for your home

Tradional Wood Burning Stove in a Brick Fireplace. Two piles of firewood are placed at both sides of the stove and some fireplace accessories are visible at the left side of the photo.

If you have a fireplace in your home, one of the questions that will often crop up is what kind of fuel you should use in it. There are of course many different types of fuel that you might want to consider using, and they each have their own advantages and disadvantages. But there are also some which are just so much better than others in a lot of different ways. In this post, we are going to take a look at how you can choose the best firewood for your home, so you can ensure you are heating the home just right.

Wood Types

There are many wood types that you might want to consider when you are choosing firewood. However, there are a few which are almost always the best, as they are going to provide you with the right kind of heat for the right amount of time. For that decision, you will need to know whether you are keen on having a small, cosy fire or one that is going to heat a large amount of space.

For the former, you generally want to focus on ash logs or beech logs, as these woods burn well and can be purchased easily. For the latter type of fire, you should focus instead on finding some oak logs as it will burn for a long time and ensure your home is kept truly warm.

Seasoned Firewood

You should always aim to use seasoned firewood rather than ‘green’ or new wood which has not been dried out properly. There are a few major reasons for this. One of them is about your health: green wood is much worse for your lungs when it produces smoke compared to seasoned firewood. Another reason is environmental, with green woods causing a lot more carbon emissions than seasoned wood.

Moreover, seasoned wood is dried so that it catches fire more easily and more quickly, and burns for longer as well. Make sure that you always use seasoned wherever possible. You should also consider using kiln-dried logs, as these are dried very well and you don’t have to worry about them being a health hazard or bad for the environment. Generally, kiln dried logs are so much better in every way, whether you are starting a fire in the home or the garden, so make sure to use it.

Woods To Avoid

There are a few woods that you should avoid at all costs, no matter what. This includes painted or varnished wood, which can be toxic to burn. You should also avoid using pressure-treated lumber, and driftwood. You should also avoid using engineered sheet wood like MDF or plywood. Finally, make sure that you avoid burning wood that you know you or someone else in the area has an allergy for. In some cases, that can be very serious indeed.

As long as you bear all that in mind, you should be able to choose the right firewood for your home.