As a firewood user you may have been using firewood for many years and have gained, through experience, the knowledge to know what is good quality firewood, or this may be your first ever purchase of firewood. Whatever the case, we hope that the following is of some use as a guide to buying good quality firewood.
FOR BEST VALUE, BUY YOUR FIREWOOD IN VOLUME, NOT WEIGHT!
How to choose the right Firewood
If you have recently bought a stove or fireplace they often come with an information leaflet describing the best fuels, including information on species and size of logs. The size of logs is important as it affects how much wood you will be able to fit into the grate and hence affect the overall heat output.
Here at Landguard we offer our logs in two lengths 9” and 12” as standard (other lengths can be processed on request Please contact 07500 55 55 30 for further details).
You may hear or read that Kiln Dried is better than Seasoned Firewood. In fact there is no difference between well seasoned or kiln dried logs, as long as the actual moisture content is less than 20%, this is ideal for burning straight away in any open fire or stove.
Whether your fire or stove is providing all the heat and hot water for the house, or you’re only using it to give a nice atmosphere to a room, remember that burning wood will provide reliable, environmentally friendly and sustainable heat. Therefore what you’re actually paying for when you buy firewood is heat, so you shouldn’t be thinking in terms of – do I go for pine or oak, seasoned or unseasoned? You should be thinking – How much heat am I getting?
When firewood is dry, there is almost no difference in heat output between hard and soft wood. The main difference between hardwood and softwood is the volume of the wood you will need to burn. Dry softwood logs provide a good flame and burn well, but they do burn more quickly than a hardwood log of the same volume.
Weight or Volume?
If you’re trying to compare value for money you need to remember that the weight is very dependent on how wet the wood is, whereas the volume does not change with moisture content, therefore most reputable firewood suppliers sell by volume (e.g 1m3) and not weight.