What Firewood Types Should I Use?

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 trees to choose from or maybe just a few.

Maybe you plan on buying your wood 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.

A hardwood may burn longer but takes longer for the wood to season or dry out.

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 because it will burn hot and last a while.

A softwood like pine will do well for a campfire because it burns easily but not as long as a hardwood.

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 Types Of Firewood?

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 pros and cons of each species.

Alder Firewood

Ash Firewood

Basswood Firewood

Beech Firewood

Birch Firewood

Black Locust Firewood

Boxelder Firewood

Cedar Firewood

Cherry Firewood

Cottonwood Firewood

Douglas Fir Firewood

Elm Firewood

Eucalyptus Firewood

Hickory Firewood

Magnolia Firewood

Maple Firewood

Oak Firewood

Osage Orange Firewood

Pine Firewood

Poplar Firewood

Sassafras Firewood

Sweet Gum Firewood

Walnut Firewood

Willow Firewood

What are BTU's?

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 BTU's 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 BTU's generated from popular firewood types.

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