The type of logs you burn will make a big difference to the heat you generate from your fire pit or fire bowl. Here we list types of wood by their suitability for burning so that you can ensure a good, hot, clean fire with little smoke and spitting.
Note! Whatever wood you use, make sure your logs are dry and well-seasoned. Damp wood will smoke heavily and you will fail to get a good hot fire burning. Kiln-dried wood is an excellent option although a bit more expensive. In general a mix of hard and medium woods creates the perfect balance of heat and flames.
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Best wood for burning
Ash: Considered one of the best firewoods. It has a low water content and can be burned green. It is still best when seasoned and will burn at a steady rate.
Oak: One of the best firewoods but must be seasoned well (at least two years). It provides lasting heat and burns at a slow rate – great when mixed with other hard woods. Use small logs to get the fire going.
Birch: Birch burns easily but also fast, so is best mixed with slower burning wood such as such as Elm or Oak. Birch bark is a great fire lighter.
Hawthorn: A good firewood that burns well.
Hazel: Excellent firewood when seasoned. Burns fast but with no spitting.
Good wood for burning
Apple: Needs to be seasoned. Has a nice smell and burns well with a without sparking/spitting.
Beech: Beech has a high water content so will only burn well when seasoned.
Holly: A good firewood that can be burnt green.
Hornbeam: A good firewood that burns well.
Pear: Needs to be well seasoned. Burns well with a pleasant smell and without spitting.
Plane: A reasonable firewood which doesn’t spit.
Rowan: Considered a good firewood that burns well.
Sycamore (Maples): Considered a good firewood that burns well.
Yew: Considered a usable firewood.
Woods to avoid for burning
Horse Chestnut: Horse chestnut spits a lot and is considered a low quality firewood.
Larch: Needs to be seasoned well. Spits excessively while it burns and can produce a lot of soot.
Pine: Pine burns well but spits a lot and can leave behind soot. It can act as a good softwood kindling.
Poplar: Considered a poor firewood and produces black smoke.
Spruce: Considered a low quality firewood, spits due to sap.
Sweet Chestnut: Burns when seasoned but spits excessively. Not for use on an open fire.
Walnut: Considered a low quality firewood.
Willow: Willow has a high water content so only burns well when seasoned properly.