Heavy VS Light Firewood – Which One to Choose?

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Heavy VS Light Firewood – Which One to Choose?

Each species of wood has its advantages and disadvantages and meet specific needs. So-called “light” woods are easy to prepare and light, but you will need to add more often to the stove because they burn quickly.

On the other hand, heavy woods can be difficult to light because they release a gas which prevents the fire from setting quickly. However, their calorific value is higher because these logs will burn slowly and thus produce heat longer.

The heavier the wood chosen, the greater its calorific value. This means that you will get more heat from a cubic meter of beech wood, which belongs to the heavy wood category, than from a cubic meter of pine wood, which belongs to the light wood category. If you are using light wood, you will need to reload wood in your stove more often.

Your Choice Depend Upon Your Needs

The choice of your wood must correspond to your needs. If you use your wood stove to create a warm atmosphere, buying light (and cheaper) wood will be the most suitable choice. However, during storage, light wood will take up more space than heavy wood.

If your wood stove is the main source of heat in your home, opting for heavy wood would be a good idea. They are often more expensive to buy, but their calorific value is also higher.

Tip: Use both heavy and light wood. 

It is also possible to buy and use both heavy and light wood. So, you can use light wood to start combustion and then heat with heavy wood.

Some Fire Woods To Choose From:

a). Ash

Ash is a hardwood with thin bark. It is easy to ignite (possibly with a little light wood). It is suitable for wood stoves and boilers and has the advantage of providing heat over a long period of time. 

b). Beech

Beech is a hardwood with thin bark. It can be difficult to light, the use of small wood from a light tree can help the ignition. It is suitable for wood stoves and boilers and has the advantage of providing heat over a long period of time.

c). The Oak

Oak is a hardwood with thick bark. It may be difficult to ignite with this wood. Thus, it may be wise to use it in conjunction with light wood. Combustion will only be optimal with a lot of air.

All of these are easily available as bulk firewood for sale in most of the regions. So, you can purchase and store them in advance. 

Never Use These 

There are a variety of materials that you cannot burn in your wood stove. These are harmful to both humans and the environment. They include:

a). Wood containing paint

b). Oil 

c). Lacquer

Household waste such as milk cartons, egg cartons, plastics, printed matter such as magazines or advertisements. Construction debris containing nails, screws; remnants of particle board or plasterboard.

The reasons for this ban are that these materials have toxins that are released during combustion. Even in very small quantities, these substances are dangerous for humans.

To Conclude – Take Care Of the Environment

The smoke from your flue indicates if you are burning unsuitable material. The smoke should be white or almost transparent. Dark, thick, smelly smoke is harmful to the environment and a nuisance to your neighbors. So, you should always use clean, and dry wood.

Anna Clark

I am Anna Clark a pro-level blogger with years of experience in writing for multiple industries. I have extensive knowledge of Food, Fitness, Healthcare, business, fashion,and more

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