Not sure what kind of wood to look for to heat or entertain in your home? Here are our recommendations.
Split vs. Unsplit Firewood
First, no matter what species of wood you burn, there are differences in behavior between split and unsplit.
Personally, I do not split limb wood from around 4″ in diameter and under, while larger limb wood and trunk wood I do.
Split wood will ignite more quickly. It will generally provide larger flames with more heat but will be consumed more quickly.
Unsplit wood is longer burning with less flamboyant flames and less obviously exposed heat.
I like to start my fires with split wood and then graduate to a mix once I have a respectable coal bed to work from.
Types & Species of Firewood
Second, your species or type of wood will also perform differently.
Conifers (pine, fir, etc.) will burn quite fast but very excitedly, providing stunning visuals. But they give little in the way of long-lasting heat.
Deciduous (leafy trees that shed their leaves in the fall) tend to burn slower and slightly less rambunctiously. They do, however, provide a longer lasting, very strong heat.
Deciduous woods also provide a great variation in odor and flame color to add to the ambiance of your fire.
Trying a few different species will quickly and easily lead you to a personal favorite. Mine happens to be the Wild Red Cherry.
Seasoned and Dried
Make sure that no matter what species or type of firewood you choose to burn, it has been properly seasoned for the best possible outcome.
Need to learn more about how to season your firewood? Check out my Redneck Science of Seasoning & Drying Firewood post here.
Already know your favorite wood to burn? We would love to hear about it, and about any other types of wood that you personally look for in the best firewood for your household.
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