Hardwood is generally denser than softwood. Hardwood is also heavier than softwood. But what does that translate to in heating a home? Apart from aesthetic differences, Hardwood because of its nature burns slower, perhaps slightly less hotter than softwood. Therefore, your burning time of Hardwood will be longer meaning fewer refills required. Softwood on the other hand, burns quickly producing slightly greater heat. However, it’s easier to light softwood and it helps get the temperature up quickly.
It’s all a matter of individual taste. We sell both Hardwood and Softwood to cater for these tastes. Check out our Firewood section.
Stack the logs.
Logs should be stacked as soon as possible. Stacking should be done length-wise and possibly close to a wall but not against it. The base of the stack can be an old pallet or any old long wood. This will prevent ground water soaking into the logs.
Cover the top only.
Always cover the top of the logs and angle the cover such that when it rains water does not form a pool on the cover. It also helps to have a little air gap between the cover and the logs. Do not cover the sides. This will help dry the logs better and prevent the logs from ‘sweating’.
Leave sides open
You do not need to cover the sides of the stack. This will allow wind to get through and this will allow the drying process to continue. Ideally, one side should either face the wind or sun direction.
If you received your order in Jumbo bulk bags. Its best remove the logs from the bags unless the bags are ventilated ones. This will prevent the logs from forming sweat condensation, which then drips off on to the logs undoing all your good work.
Store logs in near the fireplace
Storing logs near the fireplace for 2-3 days before burning them allows them to dry even further. This will in turn help you get the best out of your fire.
If you do have a multi-fuel stove then it’s easier to come close to achieve this than if you have an open fire or wood burner stove. The reason for this because it’s not easy to achieve this by burning wood alone unless of course you keep adding fuel at regular intervals overnight. You will need to burn good quality coal or peat briquettes which we do now have available online. Simply add good quality smokeless coal like Excel or peat briquettes and close the top vent but open the bottom vent. I would not recommend burning coal on a stove that is designed to burn wood only but peat briquettes should be fine.
With the logs almost burning out simply add good quality smokeless coal like Excel or peat briquettes and close the top vent but the bottom vent.
I am always asked what is the correct way to light a fire. It depends on the kind of fuel that you are using and of course the type of equipment you have. To get the best fire and therefore heat from your open fire, log burner or multi-fuel stove is a delicate balance of air and fuel. If there is too much oxygen then the fire will struggle to take hold of the fuel and if there is too little oxygen then the fire may die out. There are a few general tips I can offer that will help you get the most out of your fire.
I recommend that you buy a decent glove that will protect your hands. It is also a good idea to have a set of Tongs, Shovel, Poker and Brush.
We recommend you burn only wood that is either fully seasoned or kiln dried. Do not be tempted to use unseasoned wood.
Delivery of wood
Once you have received your well seasoned firewood, try to stack it as soon as possible under cover and most importantly with the sides open to the air. If you have received the logs in Jumbo bags, we advise that you empty the bags and stack the logs as soon as you can. Logs left in unventilated bags will develop mould and this will also be difficult to light.
This is one tip that really helps especially when the weather is rather looking damp and wet. Pick some logs and store them in a log basket inside the house. Ideally this should be done a few days before you plan to use them. If you don’t have a log basket you can simply stack the logs next to the fire. The heat from the fireplace will help the logs dry even further making them perfect for your next fire. you use the logs in the wood burner.
Ensure that you kindling is dry and do not use painted or treated timber as kindling.
Open your doors 30 minutes before you start the fire.
If your fireplace doors is glass, then open the doors about 30 minutes before you start the fire. This will allow warm air in the room to rise up the chimney and prevent the cold air in the fireplace which is heavier hogging the fireplace thereby making it .
Do not throw all the ash away.