Most sorts of wood serve excellently as firewood. There are, however, variations between the different sorts, for instance in terms of price and calorie value. But it is key for the wood to have a max. humidity of 12-18% – i.e. to be almost completely dry (min. storage time 2 winters), before you light it up. This will ensure a clean combustion with clear flames and prevent chimney soot and pollution from the stove.
Soft wood sort which catches fire easily and warms well. It burns silently, developing less smoke and embers than other sorts of wood. On the other hand, it burns with spectacular flames and an absolutely wonderful scent. The same is true of lime and chestnut.
Birch is best suited for kindling and relighting.
Hard wood sort which requires a high temperature before it catches fire. But once the fire catches, it is well worth the effort. A lovely warmth will spread throughout the room, accompanied by a pleasant view of the glowing embers and a most satisfying crackle of the fire.
Oak has a long burning and ember time.
Soft wood sort which catches fire very easily and is therefore highly suitable for lighting up the stove. Pinewood burns with a tremendous bright flame leaving only few embers. The same is true of spruce.
Pinewood makes good kindling but burns quickly.
Hard wood sort which also requires a high temperature to catch fire. But it will reward your patience with a lovely warmth and lots of embers to create a nice and cosy atmosphere. Furthermore, beechwood burns for a long time, which makes it ideal for those long, cold winter days.
Beech is an ideal firewood.