So, you’ve taken the decision to enter the wonderful world of firewood, good choice!
Not only that but you’ve come to the right place to find the best resources from around the web, covering everything you need to know to become a firewood expert.
This includes how to source firewood, the different choices of wood on offer, how to chop firewood correctly, how to create kindling and the importance of seasoning and storing firewood.
Choose from the chapters below if you already have some knowledge and are looking for something more specific (for complete beginners, we recommend starting from the top).
How do I firstly source my firewood?
The first decision you need to make is where you choose to get your firewood from, and to make it easy you have two choices:
- Buy firewood from a supplier
- Grow your own (if you’re one of the lucky ones).
If you decide to buy your firewood, this can be expensive, but buying from the right supplier and purchasing in larger amounts can often save time and money, compared to buying small amounts quarterly for example.
If you’re lucky enough to have your own plot of land, growing your own is a good money saver and a challenging hobby. For many of us, that’s just a dream, but don’t worry, here are some resources to help make sourcing your firewood a lot easier:
How much firewood is there to choose from?
So, you’re probably asking yourself which wood burns the best.
You’ve also probably read various poems explaining which woods to burn at which times of year, which I must admit are helpful snippets of information.
We decided to grab the most valuable sources of information from around the web to help in your quest to find the perfect firewood for you.
Firewood chopping tips and techniques
If you want to take your firewood seriously, you’ll need to learn some chopping techniques.
It’s recommended to take a wood chipping course for health and safety reasons, but once again, the internet has a lot to offer and many fellow choppers have been generous enough to share their tips and techniques with the world.
There are many methods to firewood and log chopping and many different tools to choose from, discover which method is best suited for you...
How to create Kindling and the benefits
Kindling quite simply helps to speed the burning process up, and you'll be happy to know that there are some nice ways to add some creativity to your kindling.
For example, did you know you can use orange peel as kindling? The acid within the peel helps to make the fire burn quicker, plus, it smells great!
Find out everything you need to know about how to create kindling and the benefits of using kindling in a wood fire right here:
The Importance of Seasoning your Firewood
Is it essential to season firewood? The simple answer is yes.
By seasoning your wood, you’re essentially getting it in prime burning condition by reducing the water content within it.
Well seasoned firewood creates tons more heat; it’s much easier to light and produces a cleaner burn.
Here are the most effective ways to season your firewood and explanations as to why it’s vital to do so:
How and why storing firewood will maintain it's condition
Seasoning your firewood is one thing, but storing it in the right place under the right conditions is another important factor to longevity and more effective burning.
When you spend a fair amount on firewood for whatever appliance, it’s crucial that you don’t let any penny go to waste by choosing your storage method carefully.
You might be tempted to put it somewhere where you know there will be enough space, but before you do so, take a look at these resources to gain a valuable insight in to how to do it the right way:
Starting to feel more like an expert already? Thought so!
Feel free to share this article with those who will benefit from these valuable resources from around the web.