When it comes to burning wood not all wood varieties are created equal. Some varieties of wood contain greater energy potential than others. A number of
logs will give you a hot, crackling fire, while others burn longer and more consistently. Select the type of flame you and your family prefer. The following table from Security Chimney shows how different types of wood burn.
How you burn wood in your stove or fireplace directly affects the formation of creosote. Slighter, hotter fires are much better than big, blazing ones. Fast, effective start ups are important, but so is the moisture content of the wood to be used. In an ideal world, you should use seasoned wood with a moisture content of 20%. If the event that your firewood is not completely seasoned, first use more dry kindling and paper to warm the chimney to a temperature of at least 300°F. A surface thermometer can be an excellent help. Accurately seasoned wood can produce up to 8,600 BTUs per pound.
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