If you love spending time outdoors and own a luxury masonry oven or fireplace, you’re in the right place. As you might know, there are different types of wood, and some are better than others. So, depending on which wood you buy, it will burn hotter, slower, or cleaner. Here are the two main kinds of wood for masonry ovens or fireplaces and some tips on using them.
Hardwoods are considered to be superior firewood because it’s very dense. A dense wood creates a hot, long-lasting fire without a lot of smoke or sparks. Some hardwoods’ examples are maple, oak, ash, birch, and most fruit trees are the best ones.
It’s important to highlight that there are different kinds of hardwood and a low-quality hardwood is softer and less dense than a good quality softwood. If you choose birch firewood, mix it with another type of hardwood for a cleaner burn and less smoke.
Softwoods grow very fast compared to most hardwoods resulting in a much lighter, less dense wood piece. For this reason, it’s the cheapest type of wood you can buy. A fire built from softwoods will usually have large flames that crackle and spark. But, they can create and leave behind fine ashes with little to no coal.
In summary, softwoods are great for campfires since they burn quickly and produce a nice large flame. However, if you have a wood-burning oven or fireplace, you should use hardwood.
Tips for Maintaining The Wood Burning
Use Dried Wood at all Times
Always use dried wood to avoid more smoke and creosote. An excellent way to identify moisture in wood is to rotate it and look for green spaces. If so, don’t use it because it won’t produce the necessary heat.
Store The Wood Correctly
You should stack your wood in a place where there’s enough air circulation and don’t pile up too much wood on top of each other. You could use support boards every 16 to 18 inches.
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