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Tips for Choosing the Best Firewood.


Whether you have a traditional fireplace or a wood-burning stove, before you purchase firewood, be sure you know the best firewood to use. The following guide will explain the different types of wood, their uses, and why certain wood should be avoided.

Hardwood versus Softwood: Understanding the Differences

In general, the different wood species commonly used for burning are separated into two categories: hardwood and softwood. Understanding the primary differences between these two categories can be extremely helpful.

● Hardwood is heavier than softwood because it is denser on a cellular level.

● Hardwood is more difficult to cut than softwood.

● Softwood trees have needles (i.e. pine, fir, hemlock, spruce, cedar); whereas hardwood trees bare leaves in the Fall and go dormant during the winter months (oak, maple, cherry, sycamore, birch, walnut).

● Hardwood trees mature slower than softwood species.

● Softwood trees grow tall and straight while hardwood trees don branches in every direction.

● Softwood trees produce resin, which causes a tar-like buildup in chimneys.

Differences Between Seasoned and Kiln-dried Wood

Regardless of whether you burn softwood or hardwood, it must be dried rather than green and wet. This is important because burning