What are the advantages of burning wood?

Good for habitats - Buying firewood sourced from a well managed, local woodland is good for both woodlands and the local economy. The thinning of woodlands allows more light in and encourages new growth which in turn is good for habitats and biodiversity.

Good for local communities - Buying local wood supports local jobs and communities, rather than worldwide oil producing countries.

Good for the environment - Providing that we replace the trees that we are cutting down, therefore ensuring that our wood production is sustainable, burning wood also releases carbon making it eco-friendly.

Should I burn hardwood or softwood?

The North East of England produces over 90% softwood timber, so buying local timber will mean that you may have to consider buying softwood.

The difference between hardwood and softwood is density - This means that you will need 1.5 times more softwood as hardwood to produce the same amount of energy. You will therefore have to load your stove more frequently, but providing your softwood is dry your stove will be hot enough to burn off all tar.

Should I burn dry wood or soft wood?

There are 4 reasons you should burn dry wood over soft wood:

  1. Dry wood is energy efficient - Burning wet firewood takes energy, as all the water needs to evaporate before it burns and gives off heat
  2. Dry wood creates less tar and soot - As wet wood does not reach hot enough temperatures all tar and soot will not be burnt off in the process
  3. You can turn down a fire made with dry wood - Wet wood often goes out when you try to turn your fire down
  4. Dry wood is far easier to light than wet wood - ...and gets up to temperature faster too