Not all firewood is equal – dry wood gives more heat and less smoke. Dry wood:
If wood has been cut less than six months ago, it will be wet and unsuitable for burning. Wet wood is difficult to light and it produces a great deal of smoke and hisses or sizzles when lit.
Besides wet wood, there are other materials that are dangerous to burn in your home fire. When the materials listed below are burnt, they can give off toxic substances. They can harm our health, the environment as well as your fireplace, wood burner or chimney. Don’t burn:
Exposure to toxic substances in these materials can cause coughing, headaches, asthma attacks, cancer and damage to our lungs, liver, kidney and nervous system. Read more here(external link).
Even if your firewood is dry, storing it well will keep it that way. Here’s how:
If you buy or collect your own firewood, it pays to get it early. Firewood is generally cheaper in spring or summer, and getting it early gives you more time to stack and dry it before use.
How dry is the wood? How long has it been cut and stacked for drying?
Some sellers may be able to tell you the moisture content of the wood (if they have a moisture content meter). Wet or unseasoned wood is cheaper to buy, but you need to have the space to store it for up to a year or more, until it’s dry enough to burn. Some firewood suppliers sell pre-dried wood. It might cost more, but the extra heat it provides could outweigh the extra cost.
What type of wood is it – hardwood or softwood?
Hardwood costs more, gives off more heat but takes longer to dry than softwood.
Softwood is cheaper, gives off less heat but dries more quickly than hardwood.
Is the wood split?
Wood will dry faster if pre-split.
These suppliers(external link) are committed to providing good wood in the local Tokoroa community.