Ever wondered what the best wood for your stove is? Sit back as we’re about to find out!
As the majority of people use seasoned logs, kiln-dried logs or free wood from their garden/ local area or friends. Here are some things you need to know about using wood on your stove.
Unlike coal and smokeless fuels wood is the most environmentally friendly choice for your stove as it is carbon neutral. It will take in more carbon dioxide in its lifetime than it will take to burn.
To make burning wood more efficient the moisture content should be as 20% or less as the energy won’t be wasted having to burn off the water first.
Wood fuel and moisture content
- Free wood that has been collected could have as much as 90% moisture in it
- Seasoned logs – ones that you or the manufacturer have partially dried out contain around 25% to 40% moisture.
- Kiln-dried logs, which are dried out in a kiln before being sold, contain less than 20% moisture.
- Briquettes – fuel created from crushing recycled wood or paper – have a low moisture content. It can be as little as 10% or less
Look out for the ready to burn logo as this means the wood contains less than 20% moisture and only wood from reputable manufacturers can display this logo.
Multi-fuel stoves can burn coal and wood. But not all multi-fuel stoves burn wood as efficiently as a log burner would. This is because, to burn at its best, wood needs to sit on a bed of ash (or with Firemizer) with air coming from above.
Hardwood or softwood?
Hardwoods are any broad-leafed tree such as beech, elm, and ash. whereas Softwoods are conifers, for instance, cedar and fir.
Hardwoods are better for burning in your stove as it burns slower and softwoods burn twice as fast as the density is half that of hardwood, meaning you’ll need twice as much. However, softwood makes the better kindling for your fire.
Best woods for your stove!
Oak – This is the nicest firewood although it takes longer to dry it burns slowly and generates a lot of heat. It can be difficult to light however using Firebuilder can help you there!
Birch – This wood ignites quickly and generates lots of heat however you’ll use much more fuel but you can mix with other logs to slow the burn time or use Firemizer, that can reduce your fuel consumption by 38%
Maple – Is a slower burn than oak and the fire won’t as hot as the types of wood above but it is a good choice for firewood.
Choosing the right wood for your fire means you can stay toasty in the colder months and enjoy a relaxing fire!