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Wood Burning Guide

Alder

Alder


Low Quality. Although Alder wood tends to burn quickly when fully seasoned, it gives off little heat.

Rating

1 out of 5

Apple

Apple


Extremely hard stuff once seasoned. Apple wood burns with a gorgeous aroma, and doesnt tend to spark or spit.

Rating

5 out of 5

Ash

Ash


One of the best woods for fuel producing lovely flames and great heat, even when green. Use the branches for kindling.

Rating

5 out of 5

Beech

Beech


Very good firewood which produces both heat and flame. Beech can sometimes give off a few sparks. Season for a year.

Rating

4 out of 5

 

Birch

Birch


A good firewood producing a great fire and burns fairly quickly, even unseasoned. Can use the bark as kindling.

Rating

4 out of 5

Blackthorn

Blackthorn


Although the logs are small, Blackthorn burns slowly and gives off lots of heat and little smoke.

Rating

5 out of 5

Cedar

Cedar


Not a good wood to burn on open fires as it spits and sparks. Lovely aroma. Ideal for kindling. Needs long seasoning

Rating

2 out of 5

Cherry

Cherry


Season well. Burns slowly without spitting. Pleasant smell.

Rating

4 out of 5

Douglas Fir

Douglas Fir


Produces lots of flame but burns very quickly.

Rating

3 out of 5

Elder

Elder


Smoky quick burner. Not much heat and not commonly used for firewood.

Rating

Elm

Elm


Huge water content so needs long seasoning. Good firewood, burns slowly, giving constant heat.

Rating

3 out of 5

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus


Not commonly used as firewood. Burns quickly without spitting.

Rating

3 out of 5

hawthorn

Hawthorn


Excellent firewood, burns hot and slowly. Even the smaller twigs are worth using.

Rating

5 out of 5

Hazel

Hazel


Excellent firewood when seasoned. No spitting, burns quickly.

Rating

4 out of 5

Holly

Holly


Good firewood only when seasoned.

Rating

3 out of 5

Hornbeam

Hornbeam


Good firewood, producing a hot slow-burning fire. Tip prepare before seasoning as it is a very hard wood.

Rating

4 out of 5

Horse Chestnut

Horse Chestnut


Lots of spitting but good flame and heat. Needs long seasoning.

Rating

3 out of 5

Larch

Larch


Tendency to spit and produces an oily soot in chimneys.

Rating

2 out of 5

Laurel

Laurel


Produces a lovely flame, little heat.

Rating

2 out of 5

Lime

Lime


Poor, low quality fuel.

Rating

1 out of 5

Maple

Maple


A good quality fuel-producing wood.

Rating

4 out of 5

Oak

Oak


Excellent firewood. Burns slowly, giving off plenty of heat. Oak that hasnt been seasoned long enough, 2 years ideal, can give off an acrid smoke.

Rating

5 out of 5

pear

Pear


Good heat, as well as a gorgeous aroma.

Rating

4 out of 5

Pine

Pine


Good flame and scent but spits and leaves an oily soot in your chimney.

Rating

2 out of 5

Plum

Plum


Good Heat and Scent

Rating

2 out of 5

Poplar

Poplar


Poor quality firewood.

Rating

1 out of 5

Rowan

Rowan


Produces a good, hot, slow-burning fire.

Rating

4 out of 5

Spruce

Spruce


Not a good firewood, burning too quickly and producing lots of sparks.

Rating

1 out of 5

Sweet Chestnut

Sweet Chestnut


Not suitable for an open fire as it spits excessively all the time.

Rating

1 out of 5

Sycamore

Sycamore


Good firewood, burning well, but produces only moderateheat.

Rating

3 out of 5

walnut

Walnut


Burns well with pleasant smell

Rating

3 out of 5

Willow

Willow


Burns well if seasoned properly little flame can spark.

Rating

3 out of 5

Yew

Yew


One of the best. Burns slowly and produces lots of heat.

Rating

5 out of 5



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