The term “firewood” is used to refer to any wooden material that is gathered and used for fuel. It was the first fuel source used (when humans discovered fire) and can be sourced from both hardwood and softwood trees.
Why use firewood?
Homeowners are the top consumers of firewood, especially during winter months. Fuel from firewood is used primarily for cooking and heating. It also fuels steam engines and turbines that generate electricity. Most of us appreciate firewood for its many benefits:
1. Renewable energy source – Firewood comes from trees, which can be replenished through responsible tree planting and production.
2. Flexibility – Unlike some energy sources, firewood can be used either indoors (furnace, stove, or fireplace) or outdoors (campfire or bonfire). It reduces dependence on power lines and energy companies; when blackouts occur, families can stay warm at the hearth.
3. Cost-efficient – Firewood is the least expensive form of domestic heating. According to a CNBC report, it is far less costly than natural gas or propane.
4. Less greenhouse footprint – Firewood creates the smallest greenhouse footprint; burning it is carbon neutral and does not contribute to climate change. Rotten wood on the forest floor releases the same amount of carbon dioxide as it does when wood is burned properly. Additionally, carbon dioxide gas is consumed by living trees.
5. Supports local economy – Purchasing locally sourced firewood instead of foreign-supplied oil helps boost a local economy. By supporting locally sourced products (and increasing the demand for firewood in your area), we help create employment opportunities for our community.
Selecting quality firewood
1. Select firewood sourced from hardwood trees; it lasts longer. Poor quality firewood from softwood trees usually burns quickly and may cause chimney fires. Select a variety of wood based on the kind of fire you need. For strong and hot fires, use oak, locust, hickory, and black maple trees. For soft and small fires, use birch, poplar, cottonwood, and red maple.
2. Use properly dried firewood. Firewood that is not completely dry will still burn. However, the remaining moisture content causes wood to ignite weakly, burn inefficiently, and produce more smoke and less heat.
3. Choose locally sourced products. Trusted local suppliers can explain the process they use to produce firewood, making it more likely to be high quality and safe for burning.
Timberlane Tree Service produces firewood year-round using industrial processing equipment. Call us in Newmarket at (905) 778-9438, Toronto at (416) 878-2108, or toll free: 1-888-718-8733. Reach us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.