The Best Kind of Hardwood for Woodstoves

 

Now that cooler weather is here, we are beginning to dust off our woodstoves for winter. Lighting a fire is a great way to save money on your heating bill while creating a cozy atmosphere. However, not all firewood is created equal.

Make Sure You’re Using Seasoned Firewood

When you start researching firewood, it won’t take long to discover that seasoned, or thoroughly dried wood, is best. Drying is an important step because excess moisture makes it burn unevenly and causes excess creosote, or soot build-up.┬áSeasoned wood burns more evenly and cleanly, plus it’s easier to light.

You should be able to look at a wooden log and determine easily whether it’s seasoned. Most seasoned wood is grey on the outside and significantly lighter, usually white, on the inside.

Make Sure Your Wood is Local

Finding a local seller is important, as wood from an unknown source could introduce non-native pests or plants to the environment.

There are a variety of hardwoods that work well for woodstoves and fireplaces. Some clean-burning, fragrant options are:

  • Apple
  • Beech
  • Cherry
  • Maple
  • Red Oak
  • Sycamore
  • Ash
  • Elm
  • Oak
  • Yellow Birch
  • Yew

Contact Mr. Tree for Firewood Delivery

Mr. Tree now has firewood for sale to our customers. Our wood is kept clean and dry while in storage and is seasoned for 10 months. The wood comes from a mixed variety of hardwood trees, and we deliver for free within a 7-mile radius of our location! Visit our firewood page to learn more.