When your home's only source of heat comes from open fires and multi-fuel stoves, it's sometimes hard to know what you can and cannot burn. Whether you are using the fuel type for an open fire or a stove will dictate what you can burn in the way of wood. This is because you have to know the moisture content, as multi-fuel stoves should not use any wood that has a moisture content higher than 20 percent, however, you can burn wood with a moisture content higher than 20 percent if you are using an open fire.
What wood to avoid
It is advised not to try and burn any wood that has been treated with any form of chemicals as, when it is burning, there is a high chance that the chemicals will produce harmful gases. If breathed in, those gases could harm you and others around you. If you are unsure whether the wood you have has been treated, it is advised that you do not use it. Instead, put it to one side for outside use.
What wood you can burn
There are at least eight different types of wood that you can burn safely. Some of the wood types to consider include:
- Red gum
Each one behaves in a different way. For example, maple is a hot-burning wood but produces very little smoke. It is not a wood to kindle, but once you get it going, it will burn very strong. That also makes it a wood that is really good for bonfires due to its lack of smoke. That saves you and your friends from being smoked out should you get a sudden gust of wind.
How to store firewood
Once you have had your wood of choice delivered or you have picked it up yourself, you now need to store it correctly and safely. You need to ensure that you store the cut and split wood stacked under cover. This is the best way to keep it as long as you allow for suitable air flow so that the wood can breathe. You should also ensure that, when you store your wood, it is close to the house. That way, when you need more wood inside, you do not have to go far to collect more.
Now that you understand the options for your firewood, it will be easier for you to choose the right wood. Talk with a local firewood supplier about getting the wood you need.