Which wood really is the best firewood?
Nothing quite says comfort like a roaring fireplace or camp fire. What better way to equip yourself to this comfort than with high-quality, long-lasting firewood. However, have you ever found yourself asking whether or not the firewood you have been using has been the best of the best? Well WOODn’t you like to know?
Although all firewood may appear to be the same they don’t all deliver the same burn, heat or aesthetic. Firewood has become a popular choice for home heating. It is important to understand their different properties and purposes.
Wet woods and pieces that are not the right size or compatibility can burn inefficiently. They can be frustrating to work with and deposit creosote that can fuel a dangerous chimney fire. It is important to weigh up your firewood options and understand the different properties each has to ensure it is suitable for either outdoor or indoor purposes.
Whether you are wanting to create warmth from your indoor fireplace or create a bonfire on a big open property, it is crucial to start with the right type of firewood. To help you make an informed decision on which firewood to choose we have a list of the most popular varieties below.
Ironbark is a premium native hardwood, that has been highly regarded as a high-quality wood in Australia. It is strong, hard and durable, and is one of the more dense fire woods. Ironbark is a common name for varieties of Eucalyptus trees that have solid, thick bark. It has a reddish to dark brown appearance. Ironbark is fantastic for camp fires, open fireplace, combustion heaters and pizza and wood-fired ovens as it creates less smoke and soot.
As Ironbark continues to burn, it presents a long-lasting and clean burn/flame. Due to the high-density of Ironbark, it can continue to burn slowly but with intense heat for an average of 6-8 hours depending of the size of the log. Another handy tip to know is that Ironbark leaves little ash behind. You won’t have to clean your fireplace out as regularly as you would with other types of firewood. Well doesn’t that sound good!
Red River Gum
Gum firewood is a hardwood timber, it is slow yet very clean burning. It produces maximum heat output as it burns at a very high temperature. But it doesn’t burn with a lot of flames, so it is more optimal for cooking or for small fireplaces. ‘Red gum’ is also commonly know as ‘river red gum’. It is sourced from the heartwood of the Eucalyptus and has long employed as a fuel source in Australia. Red Gum is highly noted for its strikingly light to deep reddish hue. It is known for its density, heft and excellent grain. It also exudes a distinctive warmth and almost musky aroma. As a firewood, Red Gum burns hotter for longer, credited to its density and compact nature. Unlike other softer and lighter woods which create a bright blaze with sizeable flames, Red Gum offers a slow, gentle fire ideal for indoor fireplaces. It allows you to use less material and you don’t need to stoke and feed the fire as often. Therefore, making it perfect for lounging around with a glass of wine or two.
When it comes to splitting wood, you will find that wood with straight grains are easier to split than those with tighter, more complex grains. When firewood contains knots, branches or other defects, it can make it much harder to split. It is always easier to split dry (seasoned) wood than green (unseasoned) wood. We all know the rule; the dryer the better. It’s as simple as that!
So whether you rely on firewood to heat your house or just love a good campfire, the Grudge 45-ton Log Splitter can get you that step closer towards having split firewood on hand and ready to use. Head over to our “Log Splitter” page to find out which log splitter is best for you.
Differentiating hardwoods and softwoods
In order to differentiate hardwoods from softwoods, you will notice that hard woods (high-density ones in particular) have a taller and hotter flame. Although they burn slower and more steadily, they provide warmth for longer. It’s the perfect wood for creating that long lasting atmosphere in the great outdoors. In comparison, softwoods and low-density woods are easier to ignite, they burn much quicker than hardwoods, but for a shorter period of time. Meaning that although they are easy to ignite, they don’t last for as long. You will also notice that softwoods burn brighter and higher.