You can't get a decent wood burner fire going without kindling. Hardwood is a more efficient fuel source, but it's often difficult to ignite. This is why it's best to use softwood to get any fire stared.
Oak: Known for its long, slow burns, oak is likely the best firewood wood. Oak is a dense hardwood available throughout most regions of North America. While oak wood can take a little longer to become properly seasoned than other firewoods, the fire from well seasoned oak in your wood stove can't be beat.
Hardwood is a great fuel for wood burning stoves. With a variety of different types available, including ash, birch, maple and oak, as well as the wood from the vast majority of fruit trees, hardwood firewood is renowned for burning for longer periods, while generating lots of heat.
Put another way, a coal-burning fire is less time consuming (once it has caught and is drawing well) than a wood-burning one. While creosote is a common problem with wood burning, coal deposits very little creosote in the flue.
- Briquettes are lighter in weight and cheaper and easier to store and handle. - The moisture content of briquettes can be as low as 10% while the moisture content of the seasoned logs can be +/- 22%. - Briquettes burn quicker and provide a better heat output and burn cleaner and emission free too.
Most types of hardwood, for instance Ash (generally regarded as the best), Birch, Beech, Oak and Elm can be used. However, avoid burning woods with a high resin content. As a rule of thumb, the heavier the wood, then the greater the heat output and the longer burn time – the time between refills.
The answer is that, even when you are using a multi-fuel stove, you should not burn coal and wood at the same time. While you have the option of burning either fuel on your appliance, this should be done separately and never simultaneously.
Burning coal and logs together can produce a gorgeous fire, with the aroma and long flames of a log fire, combined with the high heat output and longevity of solid fuel. Your fire can burn hotter, and for longer.
This is one of the easiest questions to answer. Wood is best for your stove if you have a FREE supply and plenty of room to store it. If you can buy enough wood cheap enough then it's great. But if you have to buy your wood Kiln Dried, by the bag' you are almost certainly better off with coal.
If you are finding that your fire is burning fast and is therefore extinguishing quickly, you need to restrict the air into the chamber. Simply start closing the vents off once you add your logs (without completely shutting them down) and your fire will burn slower which means it will last longer.
Hickory is the Longest Burning Wood
It's simple, really: it takes longer for the fire to consume hardwood because there is more fuel “packed” into each log. Hickory has the highest density among firewood (37-58 lbs/ft.3), and therefore burns for the longest time.
Heat treated pallets would be ok to use as kindling, but you don't want to be burning the ones treated with chemicals as they can release toxic fumes. Pallets that have been treated will have a stamp indicating this.
Pine firewood can be fine for use in wood stoves at any stage of a fire, but is more popular for use as kindling when building and starting fires because of its hot and fast burning properties. If Pine is to be burnt in a wood stove it should be kiln dried or properly seasoned down to below 20% moisture content.
If you want to bank up/slumber your stove to keep it in at night, then use just smokeless fuel/coal, never mix wood and coal at night when slumbering. We recommend using only kiln dried firewood, this will keep your stove, chimney and flue liner cleaner and prolong the life of your stove and stainless-steel liner.
In a nutshell, hardwood makes better firewood because it burns longer, hotter, and produces less smoke. But both hardwood and softwood can be great choices. It just depends on how you plan to use it.
Coal lasts longer and produces more heat than logs, but logs have a more pleasant aroma and look far better in your wood burner. By using the two fuels together, you ensure that your fire burns for a long time at a hot temperature (thanks to the coal), but produces the same pleasantly woody aroma of a log fire.
Anthracite – Clean burning & efficient
It has a high carbon content and few impurities, which means it burns far cleaner than softer, dirtier coals too. It also produces less smoke and pollutants when burnt, making it ideal for multi fuel stoves in our homes.
If the stove that is being used is very small then it will not be able to last the entire night. This is because there will not be enough wood and logs to last such a long period of time. Using coal (smokeless coal) to burn overnight is much easier and simpler than using wood.
Burning smokeless coal and firewood together can be beneficial to your appliance. The extra heat from the solid fuel drives off any moisture in your logs, significantly reducing the build-up of tar and rusting. A fire of both smokeless coal and firewood will also burn hotter for longer.
However, your choice between the two really comes down to what you're cooking. Traditionally, lump-charcoal burns hotter and faster. Briquettes are best suited for longer cooks and burn more uniformly.
Can you burn briquettes in a wood burning stove? Yes, briquettes are a fantastic fuel for a wood burning stove and are an alternative to high quality logs. Similar to logs, some briquettes can also be broken up to provide a kindling option when lighting a fire.
Q. What is the healthiest charcoal to use? Lump charcoal is one of the best charcoal types to use because it does not use additives or flammable petroleum products. It is made by burning wood in a low-oxygen environment, leaving only pure carbon in the shape of the original wood pieces.