It is safe to assume that all types of wood burn, but it might surprise you to know that not all woods burn the same way. Some will burn at a higher temperature, some woods will burn at a slower rate and some are cleaner to burn than others. Depending on how much resin and sap they have, some woods will clog up and dirty your chimney faster. There will be some woods that are considered “the best” for burning in a fireplace; those that burn hot and produce more heat at a steady rate. Let’s take a look at the different types of woods available for your fireplace…
Hardwood for Fireplaces
For those looking for a high quality burn with a longer burn time, hardwoods are the best choice. Most fruit trees or trees such as; birch, ash or oak are great examples of hardwoods that are excellent for burning in your stove or fireplace. They will usually burn for a hotter and long time and they are cleaner to handle than other woods, having a relatively small amount of sap in them. However, most hardwoods will be more expensive than their softwood counterparts and are more prone to leaving stony residue leftover in the ash. Some hardwoods like birch will retain a lot of moisture, this will create more smoke when burning it. If this is a concern for your fireplace, it is something to be mindful of when considering birch.
Burning Softwood in Fireplaces
The biggest benefit of choosing a softwood is that softwoods are typically cheaper to buy. The best softwoods to consider are; alder, balsam, cedar, fir, pine and spruce. Typically, softwood will burn faster than hardwood and leave finer ash. A softwood will make more of a mess however and, especially pine will cause creosote (creosote is a tar-like soot substance that builds up on the walls of your chimney when the byproducts of your wood get burnt off) to build up faster in your chimney.
Woods Not To Burn In Your Fireplace
Recovering scraps of wood or salvaging firewood can be a great low-budget option for those looking to save some money while still enjoying their wood burning stove or fireplace. However, not knowing the origin of the wood, what foreign objects may be inside it or if it has been treated with any chemicals or products create a risk when it is burnt. Avoid painted or varnished woods, plywood and MDF will be filled with dangerous chemicals and driftwood may be too wet for a long time to use and have nails or other metal objects inside it.
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