Types of Firewood

Kiln Dried Firewood We are using a natural gas fired kiln to dry our firewood when the moisture content of the wood that we sell is more than 16%. Our kiln (1 million BTU) cooks the wood at 265 degrees for 24 hours bringing the moisture content below 12%. This provides you with extremely dry wood and no bugs or mold. We keep an inventory of kiln dried oak, kiln dried mixed hardwoods and kiln dried cherry on hand. We will kiln dry other types of firewood upon request.

Oak– Our oak firewood is mostly red oak and some white oak. Oak is a very universal wood, it can be used in a fireplace, cooking stove or outdoor pit. It gives you a lot heat, with a medium flame, and is one of the longer burning woods but it does require kindling to start.

Black Locust – A very hot burning wood. A lot of flame, easy to start and burns with a reddish blue flame.

Cherry Firewood – Is our recommended favorite. Easy to start, burns with a blue flame and has a great fragrance. It doesn’t burn as long as oak but it’s close.

Birch Firewood – Is the easiest firewood to burn. Produces a lot of flame and has an unusual scent. Gives off a lot of heat, but burns fast.

White Ash Firewood – Is the cleanest burning firewood. It is easy to start, burns hot with a lot of flame. Ash is good to burn in a difficult fireplace.

Hickory Firewood – Is the hottest of all the firewoods. Low hot flame, great for cooking, check out the links from our web site for cooking with wood.

Maple Firewood – Is another firewood that’s great for cooking. It’s also good for the fireplace with a long burn time, but you need kindling for starting.

Mixed Hardwood / Ugly Camp firewood – Consists of irregular splits and lengths of mixed hardwoods, the hardwood mix can be anything from Oak, Ash, Maple, Cherry, Elm, Box Elder to any wood that is classified as a hardwood. This is wood that comes from our tree removal service.

U.S.D.A. Certified Kiln Dried Oak Mix Firewood – Can be transported anywhere (Certificate Provided). We recommend this wood for the campers and the people that are traveling out of the area. The wood is sterilized and emerald ash borer free.

Fireplaces and wood stoves, popular aesthetic accessories of the recent past, are rapidly gaining prominence as primary or supplemental heat sources for homes. The rising costs, and in some instances, actual shortages of conventional home heating energies have led to greatly increased utilization of wood as a heating fuel.

Firewood, one of nature’s most common methods of storing solar energy, is a renewable energy source. It is a relatively clean, efficient, safe energy source having low sulfur content and is generally found throughout the country. Its primary products of combustion are carbon dioxide, water vapor and ash. The ash content is low–only one to two percent by weight–and that which does remain can be used as a worthwhile soil conditioner.

A wood fire is easy to start and produces a large quantity of heat in a short time as well as adding a cheerful atmosphere to the home. An ample air supply to the wood fire is important to ensure complete burning or combustible gases. Wood fires are ideal where heat is required only occasionally, for warming a living area on cool days or for supplying extra heat in extremely cold weather. When considering wood as a primary heat source, several factors must be carefully weighed to ensure satisfactory results and acceptable deficiencies.

The heat content of any fire depends on wood density, resin, ash and moisture. A rule of thumb often used for estimating heat value of firewood is: “One cord of well-seasoned hardwood (weighing approximately two tons) burned in an airtight, draft-controlled wood stove with a 55-65% efficiency is equivalent to approximately 175 gallons of #2 fuel oil or 225 therms of natural gas consumed in normal furnaces having 65-75% efficiencies.” Generally, hardwoods which provide long-burning fires contain the greatest total heating value per unit of volume.

Softwoods which gives a fast burning, cracking blaze are less dense and contain less total heating value per unit of volume. All woods dried to the same moisture content contain approximately the same heat value per pound–from 8,000 to 9,500 BTU for fully dried wood and 5,500 to 8,500 BTU for air-seasoned wood.

Firewood Ratings and Info based on data from: U.S. Forest Products Laboratory