Sparks, wood for fireplaces and tree types!

New Forest Timber

Trees, trees, glorious trees!




Which tree is best for burning eh? Beech, Oak, Ash..  Pine, Yew, Fir..




Hard wood is probably the best!

Soft wood such as; Pine or Fir tends to burn quickly and if still wet, can cause sparks – this being particularly dangerous, for those houses with thatched roofs!

In reality, timber should be seasoned too, if it is to be used for burning in a wood stove / fireplace, although, seasoning the wood can be a resonably time-consuming process, as the wood needs to be properly dried before burning..


The drying game 😉


The most common method for acheiving this, is for example; given the timber was felled and cut-to-size in the previous winter or the present spring, then the wood, would need to be sun-dried ’til the autumn!

It is usual that the wood is taken into one’s house, a few weeks prior to burning, thus taking the drying process to the final level and therefore making it dry enough and safe enough, for your stove!

Bringing the wood into the house a few weeks before burning, means that the excess moisture, evaporates due to the wood being in a warm house – this process will help limit the sparks given off when burning it!


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It is actually quite interesting how different types of wood, this being either soft wood or hard wood, can affect the look of a flame! For example; Soft wood such as, Pine or Fir, can produce a high wavey flame, whereas hard woods such as, Oak or Ash, more commonly display a lower-type flame!




What wood / timber is best for burning, in stoves / fireplaces?


Well.. That ole chestnut 😉


A matter of choice really.. As with most things in life!

I prefer hard wood, as it tends to burn for longer – I don’t mind the low flames and my use is for heating my home!


High flames typically found when burning soft woods such as; Pine, could be required for some applications, although it doesn’t generally burn for as long as hardwood, so for my specific use, well..


There is only one choice!


Until the next time.. 😉

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  1. […] deeper look at fires, thatched roofing and safety… In a previous article title – Sparks, wood for fireplaces and tree types! – I looked briefly at fires in thatched roofing and some of the […]

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