At KFD we will design and install beautiful hardwood flooring for your home. But we know that some of you love using hardwood for creating a roaring fire to curl up next to. If you never got around to earning that badge in fire building, and don’t know your ash from driftwood, we’re here to help. Here are some of the tips for choosing the best wood to use for a fire in your woodstove or fireplace.

Use Hardwood –  For the hottest and longest burn, you want to use a hardwood. Hardwoods include most fruit trees, birch, maple, and oak. You may be tempted by softwood, because it tends to be cheaper than their harder cousins. But softwoods like pine, spruce, cedar and poplar burn faster, and also tend to be dirtier to handle (because of sap).

Best Woods for Heat – The home website The Spruce ranks lists the hottest burning woods as:eduardo garcia nieto eYMu5Iu1uF0 unsplash 225x300 - Fire Building Tips

  • Apple
  • Beech (American)
  • Birch (Yellow)
  • Hickory (Shagbark)
  • Ironwood
  • Maple (Sugar)
  • Red oak
  • White ash
  • White oak

Seasoning is Important – Just like in cooking, seasoning is important in fire building. You do not want to use wood that has been freshly cut, also known as unseasoned, or “green” wood. Age your wood for several months before trying to burn it.

Should You Even Use Wood? – This is a great question. Wood can give off toxins that can be harmful. Avoid treated woods or green woods. You can also use firelogs (such as Duraflame) which are made from recycled materials. Wirecutter reports that independent studies show they give off fewer emissions than hardwood.

If you want advice on using wood on for your floors, or if carpet or tile is more your style, contact us. We will help you design the best floor for your home.