Wood burning is the oldest and, we believe, ultimately the best method of heating homes during the cold winter months. One cord of firewood (a standard measurement for firewood, representing a clock eight feet by four feet by four feet), depending on the type of hardwood used, provides heat equivalent to that produced by burning more than seven hundred litres of heating oil.
There is an array of types of hardwood useful as firewood, and these range in heat value. Some examples used across the globe include elm, hickory, oak, maple, beech, and ash. Not all woods are of equal burning quality, and burning of soft woods should be limited or avoided. Hardwoods, on the other hand, are dense, burn longer, and burn hotter. Resultant fires are less smoky, more efficient, and produce less creosote chimney build up (which is a fire hazard).
The most important factor in determining what makes great firewood is the drying and seasoning process.
Wood that has been cut fresh contains up to fifty percent moisture; this must be seasoned down to no more than twenty five percent prior to burning. Wet, or green wood, has a moisture content of greater than twenty five percent and must never be burned in a wood stove or fireplace. Wet wood will steam, bubble or hiss at its ends when it is burnt.
Wet wood, however, is much easier to split than dry wood.
Seasoned wood is that which has been split and stored above the ground and away from moisture for a minimum of six months. You know it is well seasoned when the ends are darkened and have visible splits and cracks. It is lightweight for its size and “clinks” when two pieces bump against each other.
Firewood is becoming an ever more popular choice for Australian home heating. Bush Jarrah is commonly used in the Perth area, as is White Gum.
At Oakford Firewood and Mulch, we are very proud to supply premium hardwood firewood for delivery in Perth. It has been split, dried, and seasoned and is ready for use. More importantly, it is sourced from old, re-growth forest plantations which are sustainable and renewable. The impact on wildlife and the environment is minimised as much as possible.
Call Oakfire for Perth firewood delivery today so that you are all set for the coming winter.