Best wood to burn

As it starts to get colder (and I know it is already cold up in Wyoming, where I heard it was -4 already) – you may be ready to start using your wood burning stove.  Or if you have a fireplace, you may be ready to stoke that up.

You want to make sure you know what kind of wood you have or are getting – the harder woods burn longer and produce better heat and leave a nice bed of coals at the end of the burn. Good woods include: Sugar Maple, Beech, Oak, Hickory and Ash.

Stay clear of softer woods, especially the resinous woods like Fir, Eucalyptus, Pine,  and Alder because they produce lots of smoke and can coat your flues with creosote. Unseasoned wood can produce the same issue.

If you are gathering it up yourself – best to season it for a year to be sure it is dry enough; or if you are buying your wood,  look for USDA certified kiln dried wood with a low moisture content (also known as MC).




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