Selecting the Right Firewood


Have you ever had to buy a present for someone and wanted it to be just the right thing? Or have you had to buy clothes for a very special event, and wanted it to be just the right outfit? And when you’re picking a new vehicle, you definitely want it to be just the right one, because you’ll be driving it for quite awhile. But did you know that there’s also a trick to picking just the right firewood to burn for the cleanest burn with the littlest amount of smoke?

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When you are selecting wood, it’s a good idea to evaluate what your purpose is. If you’re looking to enjoy a long night in front of a nice, warm fire, consider using oak. Oak produces just this kind of slow, steady burn. But you don’t want to do this all the time, or at least make sure that you burn hot, quickly burning fires frequently in between; this type of fire will help burn out small amounts of creosote build up. Birch wood makes a quick-burning, hot fire and would be excellent for this purpose.

Hardwoods produce a long-lasting, low maintenance fire, which means you can spend more time with your family enjoying the fire. Some hardwoods you might consider burning would be maple, hickory, elm, or beech. These will make excellent fires, but they may take a little time to get started. The fire you get for the work is definitely worth the time it takes to get the fire going.

Smokeless Fire

Another thing to be concerned about is the amount of smoke that is produced by your fire. Although different types of wood produce different amounts of smoke, the biggest factor when it comes to smoke production is how dry the wood is. Most woods need a considerable drying time in order to get down to a low enough moisture content to burn a fire that produces a small amount of smoke. Freshly cut wood has a very high moisture content; the first water to leave the wood after it has been cut is the “free water” which is stored in the tiny fibrous tubes of the tree. Once this water leaves, the water content of your wood will be at around 30%; ideally, the water content of the wood should be at around 20% in order for it to be at its optimum burn. This process can take at least six months; longer dry time ensures dryer wood. Not only with this produce less smoke, it will also produce less creosote, so you won’t have to worry about this build-up as soon.

Cleaning Your Chimney

Although burning the right wood will make creosote build up less quickly, there’s really no way to stop creosote from building up. The only way to ensure that your chimney is creosote free is to have your chimney cleaned on an annual basis by a qualified company like Pozzi Chimney Sweep. Call them today to schedule before the fall rush!