Our Guide to Buying Firewood

When buying firewood the most significant factors which affect the heat output and how they burn are:

  • The moisture content: and
  • The species of wood

Moisture Content

Dry firewood burns cleaner, warmer and better, whereas wet wood steams and smokes. When burning dry wood, it takes less energy to burn off residual moisture and therefore more energy converts to heat. All our firewood logs have a moisture content of below 20% to ensure that they provide a good heat to warm your home.

Because properly dried firewood burns almost entirely without smoke, it is much easier on your stove or fireplace as it does not leave nearly as many pollutants or deposits.

Hardwood v Softwood

In terms of species hardwood logs due to their density will burn for longer, while softwood logs will burn fast and hot.

Softwood logs are ideal for starting a fire as they are easier to light than hardwood. They are great if you want to build a quick fire that warms your room quickly. Softwood logs are likely to produce large flames and they will crackle and spark.

Hardwood logs are best used to keep the fire going. They will burn for a lot longer but are a lot harder to get to light and are best added to a fire once you have it established. They will not produce as much of a flame as softwood logs.

Here at Edinburgh Wood Fuel we suggest that you use a mix of firewood. Softwood, alongside kindling to get your fire going, and hardwood once your fire is established to give a steady burn. If your fire is looking a little dull, adding some softwood will freshen it up.