What Wood is Best

Wood needs to be well seasoned before it is burnt in a heater or stove, irrespective if you have a woodburning stove, (Woodburner), or a Multifuel Stove. Different woods take varying amounts of time to season but, as a general guide, before being used in a stove or heater, wood should be cut to length, split and then stacked under cover (with the sides open to the air) for at least a year. It is then good practice to have it in the log basket, inside the house, for a few days before it is actually used in the woodburner. If you have your wood delivered ‘ready to burn’, stress to your supplier that the wood must be well seasoned, as it is being burnt in a stove and, as a way of checking, most woods tend to get splits across the grain on the ends of the log when it is dry. Conifer wood tends to be rather resinous and is best used as kindling. Nothing, however, beats old skip wood / builders timber as kindling. If you do a fair bit of slow woodburning, it is good practice to burn a good, hot stove a couple of times a day to keep your chimney or flue dry and prevent the build up of tar. Do NOT be tempted to burn unseasoned wood in your woodheater.