As a firewood and log sales company, at LJN Firewood, we frequently have new customers coming to us for kiln dried logs and seasoned logs, because they’ve just bought a wood-burning stove or have moved into a new home and inherited a log burner. They rely on our knowledge and expertise to provide the most suitable type of fuel with which to heat their home in the Weybridge area.
While it may be common knowledge that hardwood logs make a better source of fuel for appliances like wood-burning stoves than softwood alternatives, most of our new customers want to understand why that is.
This page explains the fundamental differences between hardwoods and softwoods, and why hardwood logs come out on top.
Around 80% of all timber used in Weybridge, the UK and even the world comes from softwood. Usually characterised by evergreen boughs of needles and cones, softwood trees supply the manufacture of a wide range of objects such as paper, furniture, doors, windows and medium-density fibreboard (MDF). This is in part because these types of trees have an impressive growth rate, which helps to make the timber industry more sustainable.
Another reason is that softwoods are easier to work with than hardwoods.
Some examples of softwood trees include:
Specimens such as larch, spruce and pine are suitable for curing, which means that log sales companies like ours can turn them into seasoned logs and kiln dried logs for firewood.
However, even though they season faster and are easier to split than hardwoods, they tend to burn faster than hardwood logs and create more ash residue.
As a generally much more dense and expensive material than softwood, hardwood tends to supply the manufacture of high-quality furniture, garden decking, wood flooring and permanent construction features, such as roof beams, joists and trusses. Most hardwoods come from deciduous, slow-growing trees, which means that, once processed into kiln dried logs or seasoned logs by log sales companies like ours, they have a higher density than softwood logs. This results in a slow-burning fuel for your fireplace in Weybridge, which burns evenly and lasts longer than softwood alternatives.
Some examples of trees from which LJN Firewood produces hardwood logs include:
While kiln dried logs made from birch burn with a beautiful flame, they will burn much quicker than other hardwood logs. Seasoned logs made from ash are a popular choice among homeowners in Weybridge due to the fact that they are easy to split and produce a decent amount of heat when burned. However, out of all of these specimens, oak is generally considered to be the best source of firewood for a fireplace or wood-burning stove.
Which is Best?
At LJN Firewood, we have been producing kiln dried logs, seasoned logs and hardwood logs for customers in the Weybridge area for years. Although there is certainly nothing wrong with using softwood logs, you can trust our years of experience and expert knowledge when we say that the superior density of hardwoods mean they burn longer and hotter than softwoods. This makes hardwoods a better source of fuel for fireplaces and wood-burning stoves.
However, if you’re on a tight budget, softwood logs will do in a pinch.