Firewood facts and other things to consider.
You will find that firewood is typically cut to a length of 15-16”.
- Kiln dried
- Kiln dried means the firewood has been dried in a kiln or oven that is set to a desired moisture content that is ready to burn when you buy it.
- Seasoned firewood means it has been air dried or aged and it ready to burn. We recommend chopping larger pieces as they may need more help to burn.
- Unseasoned firewood is not yet ready to burn. It will require additional air drying or aging which can take six months to a year as it has a higher moisture content.
Not all firewood is alike. Depending on the firewood you choose you can see different results. Some burn cleaner, longer, hotter, spark more/less, smoke more/less. While others are better for cooking.
- Overall hardwood is a better choice for firewood as they are more dense, burns longer and hotter. Hardwoods also produce less smoke and sparks than softwoods. They are also better for cooking and offer a wide variety of flavours!
- Softwoods are typically a more cost-effective option than hardwoods because they are not as dense and burn faster than hardwoods. Softwoods typically create more of a crackle but, with that you will have more popping embers.
- Never burn treated wood
- Treated wood contains chemicals and if burned it will release hazardous materials that can harm your health and our environment.
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