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Why should you use dry firewood?

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Whilst it is true that any wood will burn, it is advisable to always burn dry firewood. Wood that hasn’t been dried still has water in it and a lot of energy (heat) created by burning is wasted in turning that water to steam. The benefits of properly dried firewood are:

 

  • Reduced environmental impact
  • Increased heat output
  • Easier to light
  • Less smoke
  • Less soot deposits

 

You can dry your own firewood or buy a branded dry firewood, such as Ready to Burn

Read How to dry your firewood for more information


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How to dry your firewood

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It is possible to dry your own firewood. The process takes at least one year and preferably two for maximum efficiency. You will need a supply of suitable wood (read What is the best type of wood to burn?) and a weather proof wood store.

The wood needs to be cut and stacked in a completely water proof environment. If you do not have the correct facilities ensure you buy seasoned wood from an accredited supplier. The best kiln dried wood has a water content of less than 20%.


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What is the best type of wood to burn

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Wood has been the natural choice for fires since the first caveman lit a flame, but there are many types of wood, so which is best

Apple – Burns slowly and produces a pleasant scent

Ash – Produces a steady flame and good heat output

Beech – A great wood for burning, with great heat

Birch – Burns quickly, but produced good heat

Hawthorn – Traditional firewood with a slow burn

Horse Chestnut – Better in stoves than open fires, as it can spit, but strong heat output

Oak – Small flame, but very slow burning

Robina – Slow burn and strong heat, but can produce an acrid smoke

Thorn – Steady flame and very strong heat without excess smoke.

 

Don’t forget that any wood you use needs to be dried properly, read How to dry your firewood