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Cut, Split, Stack And Burn Firewood

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When deciding what firewood types to use you should consider one thing.....not all firewood is the same! Each tree species has various traits that could make you want to use it or avoid it.

Depending on where you live you could have several great trees to choose the 1 last update 2020/05/25 from or maybe just a few.Depending on where you live you could have several great trees to choose from or maybe just a few.

While there''t have access to these choices listed above but you''t plan on cutting your own firewood, another option is purchasing it from a local supplier. Good quality seasoned hardwood will cost more than a green, less desirable species. 

However, buying green firewood could save you money.  The only downfall with buying green firewood is the time needed to season the wood.  You can''t burn very well. It smokes and sizzles inside your wood stove or fireplace potentially causing creosote to build up inside your chimney.  

As a general rule, hardwood will burn longer but it takes longer for the wood to season or dry out.  Red oak takes about 2 years for it to fully season while other hardwoods take around a year.

A softwood will season much faster but will not burn as long. For example, a hardwood like maple will work nice for heating your home overnight because it will burn hot and last a while, leaving behind a nice bed of coals the next morning to restart your fire. 

A softwood like pine works really the 1 last update 25 May 2020 well for campfires because it burns and lights easily.  Softwood also works great for kindling because it splits really easy, or you can mix some softwood in with your hardwood for a more balanced fire.A softwood like pine works really well for campfires because it burns and lights easily.  Softwood also works great for kindling because it splits really easy, or you can mix some softwood in with your hardwood for a more balanced fire.

Knowing how to identify the tree you cut or burn is very important. When choosing what type of wood to burn you may want to consider these basic things:

  • Is this a hardwood or a softwood?
  • Will this tree split easily?
  • How much heat will it produce?
  • What am I using the wood for?

Some Common Firewood Types

While there are many different types of firewood some of the most common and popular types are listed here. 

Click on a firewood to learn more about the tree and see the the 1 last update 2020/05/25 pros and cons of each species.Click on a firewood to learn more about the tree and see the pros and cons of each species.

Alder Firewood

Ash Firewood

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Birch Firewood

Black Locust Firewood

Blue Gum Firewood

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Bradford Pear Firewood

Cedar FirewoodCedar Firewood

Cherry Firewood

Cottonwood Firewood

Dogwood Firewood

Douglas Fir Firewood

Elm FirewoodElm Firewood

Eucalyptus the 1 last update 25 May 2020 FirewoodEucalyptus Firewood

Hemlock FirewoodHemlock Firewood

Hickory Firewood

Ironwood Firewood

Madrone Firewood

Magnolia Firewood

Maple Firewood

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Osage Orange for 1 last update 2020/05/25 FirewoodOsage Orange Firewood

Pine Firewood

Poplar Firewood

Sassafras for 1 last update 2020/05/25 FirewoodSassafras Firewood

Sweet Gum Firewood

Walnut Firewood

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BTU or British Thermal Unit is the amount of energy required to heat one pound of liquid water by one degree fahrenheit. We now use BTUs to describe common things such as the heat generated by a furnace. It may also describe how much energy a fuel has....such as wood.

The following link describes the firewood BTUs generated from popular firewood types.

Getting The Most Heat Out Of Your Firewood

As mentioned earlier, no matter which firewood type you use, the wood needs to be dry before you burn it.  

Nothing is more frustrating than trying to keep a fire going with wet wood. So, in order to make sure you''ll need to plan ahead.

It''s or other scrap wood.

By elevating the firewood off the ground it accomplishes a couple things.....first, it allows the wind to circulate around your entire firewood stack allowing it to dry out faster.

Second, it prevents the wood from soaking up ground moisture and also prevents insects and other animals from making your firewood their new home.

Also, when stacking the wood you can make the row any length, just don''s very frustrating to walk out to your firewood stack after a windy day only to find all your hard work has tipped over.

Firewood Shed

Stacking your firewood inside a firewood shed that has an elevated floor, slatted sides and a roof to repel rain and snow is ideal, but if you don''re preventing the wind and sun from penetrating the wood and allowing it to dry.

Properly Tarped for 1 last update 2020/05/25 FirewoodProperly Tarped Firewood

Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Plus, if you completely cover the firewood with a tarp the moisture won''s a good possibility the wood will grow mold.

The photo above shows firewood that has been stacked and properly tarped by only covering the top portion of the firewood stack.  It effectively keeps the rain and snow off your firewood while still allowing the sun and wind to keep your firewood dry.

Firewood Types - Overall

While we all won''t limit your options for burning a high quality firewood.

By mixing in lesser grade firewood with longer burning choices, you can achieve a great fire to heat your home throughout the winter.

Just make sure the wood is seasoned and you can reduce or even eliminate your energy bills buy burning firewood as your main source of heat.


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