Hardwood Explained 

Each class of wood falls in the hardwood or soft category. Wood species like Ash or Oak are considered hardwood because of the high density. Hardwood has conventionally been utilised for its strength in production. Burning hardwood also offers an advantage because its thickness means it burns for a longer period, thus making the logs last longer.

Further reading: More in depth information about Hardwood.

Heavenly hardwood for burning bliss:

 

What can you get from both broad-leaf and deciduous trees? The answer to that question, of course, is ‘hardwood’, and when it’s British hardwood, you know you have the best fuel for your fire.

 

How is hardwood produced?

 

Nature, as we all know, is a wonderful thing, and thanks to one of the 300,000 flowering plants known as angiosperm, solid trees eventually form, opening up all sorts of vital uses for the resulting wood.

 

Hardwood trees are:

 

Slower growing – because of their complex structure this type of tree takes longer to grow than their softwood counterparts.

 

They have:

 

Pores or vessels – carrying a totally different structure from softwoods and varying considerably in size and shape.

 

They carry:

 

Various different levels of wood hardness – due to a vast range in density.

 

Popular hardwood firewood species: 

 

  • Ash
  • Beech
  • Birch
  • Oak

 

Facts about Hardwoods:

 

  • There are 100 more species of hardwood than there are softwood
  • The tree uses molecules of glucose to grow
  • Hardwoods are not always harder than softwoods
  • Each hardwood species has its own unique set of properties
  • Black Ironwood is recognised in The Guinness Book of Records as the hardest hardwood
  • Hardwoods are perfect for carving
  • In Europe, hardwoods account for 29 per cent of wood consumption
  • Hardwood has very short fibres, about 1mm in length, and are ideal for producing fine paper such as writing paper.

 

Burning wood:

 

Most people know burning wood was one of the greatest advances humans ever made. In every sense, it’s actually older than civilization itself. In the 21st century this fascinating process equates to our largest use of energy created from solid fuel biomass, or, put more simply, the wood or plant fuel we use for burning. The exciting thing is, of course, we can use it to produce electricity, to power steam engines and turbines, cook, heat and so much more. It’s one of our most versatile fuels and we can use it indoors and outdoors in furnaces, ovens, log burners, camp-fires and bonfires. And it’s all completely natural.

 

What does drying hardwood in a kiln achieve?

 

First, it helps create a balanced burn, meaning those all-important hydrocarbons don’t go up your chimney in an unburnt state. For example, let’s say 50 per cent of a damp log is ignited at a high temperature. If you have excellent heat extraction and the exhaust gas from the burn reaches 100 per cent, five per cent of the energy created is lost through both heating and evaporation. If, however, dry wood is burned, efficiency can be increased, which is why the kiln drying process is important – it’s vital to start a fire with dry wood.

 

Won’t it Shrink?

 

A fair enough question, and wood initially dries away from its shell surface of course. This shrinks the shell itself and places its core under compression. When this shell reaches a low moisture content, it will then set thus resisting further shrinkage.

 

 

What is the Difference Between Hardwoods and Softwoods?

 

In terms of the burn, hardwood logs produce less sparks and cut down the presence of smoke considerably better than softwood. Hardwood can offer a much longer lasting fire. In fact, the hot coalswill maintain a longer lasting warmth in the surrounding environment, so there’s no need to keep feeding the fire.

 

Softwood examples:

 

  • Pine
  • Spruce
  • Cedar
  • Poplar
  • Balsam

 

 

Bagging the love:

 

Remember – when you order wood online from us every bag contains a combination of high energy oak, ash and beech firewood logs delivered with love. We supply British hardwood logs that are sustainably sourced through a natural thinning process. In truth, this is the best kiln-dried firewood money can buy, and we can dispatch our firewood logs efficiently with free delivery to any UK address. Our caring approach means UK trade and produce is fully supported so everyone wins. The risk of disease is also significantly reduced in the wooded environment. By using home grown wood we can prevent a bigger carbon footprint. We can all do our bit for the world around us.

 

What’s the best wood for pizza ovens?

 

In terms of firewood types, choosing the right hardwood logs for your oven really can affect the flavour of the pizza. Oak burns much hotter than many other woods. It’s relatively safe and freely available. Of the other woods, you’ll find maple, beech and birch ideal for the perfect pizza.

 

What’s the best wood for log burners?

 

There’s little doubt that when it comes to hardwood vs softwood, the former is much better because it burns much slower. The density of softwood is close to half that of hardwood, so you need many more logs for the ideal burn. It’s best to use dried out firewood types in the process. Why? Because wood that hasn’t been kiln dried will burn less efficiently and also produce excess smoke.

 

Hardwood logs for sale:

 

Stocking up online can save you a lot of time and money in the long run, and we can even provide storage solutions to keep your logs dry. Both gas and oil are becoming increasingly expensive, and with wood we can grow as many trees as we need thanks to Mother Nature – so it’s a wonderfully sustainable fuel. The firewood bags are brought to you via a truck, and you don’t even need to be at home when we arrive. So why not take a closer look at our firewood logs and go for the best burn of all.