Firewood Overview for our new customers.

Firewood is an essential fuel source for many people who rely on wood stoves, fireplaces, or outdoor fire pits to keep their homes warm during the colder months. However, not all firewood is created equal, and it’s important to understand the different types of wood and how to properly store and use them.

Types of Firewood

When it comes to firewood, there are two main categories: hardwood and softwood. Hardwood comes from deciduous trees like oak, maple, and hickory, while softwood comes from coniferous trees like pine and spruce.

Hardwood is denser than softwood, which means it burns longer and produces more heat. It also tends to be more expensive than softwood. Softwood, on the other hand, is easier to light and produces more flames, making it a good choice for kindling. However, it burns faster than hardwood and produces less heat.

In general, hardwood is the better choice for heating your home, while softwood is better for starting fires.

Choosing Firewood

When selecting firewood, it’s important to choose wood that is kiln-dried or seasoned. Freshly cut wood contains a lot of moisture, which makes it harder to light and produces more smoke. Seasoned wood, on the other hand, has been allowed to dry out, which makes it easier to light and produces less smoke.

To determine if the wood is dry, look for cracks in the ends of the logs. If the cracks are deep and the wood feels light, it’s likely seasoned. If the cracks are shallow and the wood feels heavy, it’s still too wet to burn.

Storing Firewood

To keep your firewood dry, it’s important to store it properly. Ideally, firewood should be stacked off the ground and covered with a tarp or other waterproof cover. This will protect it from rain and snow and allow air to circulate, which will help it dry out.

When stacking firewood, make sure to stack it in a way that allows air to flow through the stack. This will help the wood dry out evenly and prevent mold and fungus from growing.

Using Firewood

When using firewood, it’s important to use a fireplace or wood stove that is designed to handle the size and type of wood you are using. Burning wood that is too large for your stove or fireplace can cause it to overheat and start a fire. Burning wood that is too small can also be dangerous, as it can cause sparks to fly out of the fire and potentially start a fire in your home.

In addition, it’s important to never leave a fire unattended and to always make sure the fire is completely out before leaving the room or going to bed.


Firewood is an important fuel source for many people, but it’s important to choose the right type of wood and to properly store and use it to ensure your safety and the safety of your home. By following these tips, you can enjoy a warm, cozy fire without putting yourself or your home at risk.

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