Different wood types have their own qualities and properties and although there are references to burning green wood in this guide, we would say that for the most efficient and effective burn in your fire/woodburner, only very dry wood should be used.
There are of course the compressed, reclaimed 'eco' type of logs and briquettes. These burn well and for a decent length of time because they are dense and very dry. Having tested and trialed most of the offerings on sale, we've decided that Hotties heatlogs are by far the best. See our prices for details on this great product.
There are over 30 types of wood you can choose from:
Alder - produces poor heat output and doesn't last well. POOR
Apple - a very good wood that burns slowly when dry, it has a small flame size, and does not produce sparking or spitting. GOOD
Ash - Along with beech, reckoned by many to be among the best of woods for burning, it produces a speedy flame and good heat output. It can be burnt when green, but like all woods, it burns best when dry. VERY GOOD
Beech - Burns very much like ash, but does not burn well when green. VERY GOOD
Birch - Produces good heat output but does burn quickly. GOOD
Cherry - Is a slow to burn wood that produces a good heat output. Needs to be well seasoned. GOOD
Chestnut - A poor burning wood that produces a small flame and poor heat output. POOR
Elm - Is slow to get going but it will be necessary to use a better burning wood to get it going. MEDIUM
Hawthorn - Is a good traditional firewood that has a slow burn with a good heat output. VERY GOOD
Horse Chestnut - A good wood for wood stoves, but not for open fires as it tends to spit. However, it does produce a good flame and heat output. GOOD (for stoves)
Oak - Because of its density, oak produces a small flame and a very slow burn. Requires a minimum of 2 year's seasoning. GOOD
Pear - Burns well with a good heat output but needs to be seasoned well. GOOD
Poplar - A very smokey wood with a poor burn. POOR
Thorn - Excellent wood for burning. Produces a steady flame with good heat output. GOOD
THE BEST WOOD TO BURN IS KILN DRIED WOOD!
Kiln dried logs provide you with the ultimate burn quality with maximum heat output.
The kiln drying process in our wood fired kilns remove most of the water for you, down to below an average of 15% moisture content.
Burning kiln dried logs will ensure your stove glass is kept clean and will prevent a build up of soot or tar in your chimney or flue. And because you get so much heat output, you will actually need fewer kiln dried logs than if you were buying 'seasoned logs', providing you with greater value for money.
Kiln dried logs also provide you with a consistent, reliable product, unlike 'seasoned logs' which vary in terms of their moisture content due to the natural and varied drying process.