Picking the firewood is easy, as long as you don’t pay attention to details. After all – it’s just wood, it makes sense to just randomly pick them and forget about it. But some of us, fireplace enthusiasts, put a lot of thought into picking the RIGHT firewood for our fireplaces. If you’re reading this article, you also likely share our views and want to learn more about different types of wood to help you decide on your choice of firewood.
Most of the readers are probably the beginners, so some of the advice i’m going to give them might seem obvious to more experienced users. So let’s get started.
To put it simply, most important part of preparing good firewood for the fireplace, is making sure it’s properly dried and if it’s not, accelerating that process. Splitting the logs into smaller pieces is one of the best ways to accelerate the process of drying it. Although for that, you’ll need excellent splitting maul. Check out this tutorial to help you choose one.
Wood is structurally inclined to retain water for months, so drying out the firewood properly might take longer than you think. If you try to burn the wood that still has water in it, it won’t work and you’ll have wasted that batch.
Not to mention the fact that properly dried out firewood will be lighter and therefore easier to carry. Your log splitter or splitting axe will also have easier time cutting dry logs, compared to the ones that still have moisture in them.
If you’re buying firewood, instead of sourcing it from nature yourself, there are few tips i have for you. First of all, make sure that the store you’re buying from is vell-ventilated and doesn’t have humidity problem. As mentioned above, dryness of firewood should be the main concern of yours. It also shouldn’t be of green-ish colors, because that indicates it’s freshness. Freshly cut wood, as you can probably guess, doesn’t work for fireplace. Look for brown-ish and darker colored wood instead. You should feel the logs or firewood in your hands – if it’s heavier than normal, that means it still has some water in it.
You’ll also hear a lot of people talk about softwoods and hardwoods, and debate which one’s better for burning in the fireplace. Hardwoods are generally more dense and therefore heavy, which is a good thing because they take longer to burn through. Which is why i, and most people think that hardwoods make perfect firewood. Softwoods, on the other hand, are lighter and burn through quicker. That’s the main difference.
Firewood is generally rather cheap to buy. You can buy enough to last you for one winter for less than five hundred dollars. Price also depends on quality of the wood, of course.