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?
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.
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 BTUs 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 BTUs generated from popular firewood types.