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Wood Guide...

Bryan Cater Wood

Dry wood is always best!

Which trees are best for you?


Hard wood or soft wood?

Hardwood is best in your stove as it burns slower. The density of softwood is around half that of hardwood which results in it burning twice as fast.

Meaning you will need twice as much.

No matter what type of wood you choose it is vital that the wood is dried (seasoned) before you burn it.


Unseasoned wood wastes much of the energy created while burning, removing water from the log and producing steam. This will cause your chimney to tar up!

Fresh cut wood can contain 65% - 95% moisture.


You can dry your wood in a wood store or you can buy seasoned logs from your supplier. Your wood should contain no more than 20% moisture.

Apple Burns slowly with a small flame and pleasant scent.

Ash Considered the best for stoves/woodburners. Steady flame, High heat.

Beech Burns similar to Ash.

BirchProduces a strong heat output. Burns quite quickly.

Hawthorn Traditional Firewood. Slow burning. Good heat output.

Oak High density firewood. Small flame. High heat.

Thorn A steady flame. Strong het output. Low smoke.

Horse ChestnutBest in stoves/woodburners. Can spit. Burns hot.


For more advice on what to burn and more importnantly using your fire correctly visit the 'Burnright.co.uk' website by clicking the link below to help save you money, reduce the risk of fires and help reduce air polution.