Sure, you can get all bundled up head to toe, trek out to the woods with chain saw in hand, and chop up several pounds of free wood for the winter. But all this effort really isn’t necessary when you can simply drive to any local store and purchase affordable seasoned firewood in bulk. The convenience of buying seasoned firewood and ready to go is worth the money spent since there’s no physical effort required! And to make matters more interesting, there are several different types of firewood to choose from, all with separate qualities and characteristics. The firewood you choose depends on your style and personal preferences. Continue reading to learn about some popular firewood selections, and what they have to offer your home this winter season!
Types of Firewood
For the most part, all firewood is pretty much the same, but there are notable traits that make them slightly different from one another. For example, different types of woods burn differently, at different temperatures, and for different amount of times. They also make a different amount of popping and cracking sounds while burning. Firewood can also differ in smells and aromas, and of course, price. Here are some popular choices to consider when shopping around for wintertime firewood:
Oak – Although generally the most expensive, oak firewood is very dense and burns very hot. Being that it is easy to light and has a mild but pleasant aroma, many people choose oak firewood for indoor fireplaces.
Pecan – Pecan firewood also burns very hot, but is a little trickier to light. Being that it is one of the densest nut variety of woods, it requires routine kindling and crackles less than harder woods. However, this may be exactly what you are looking for in a firewood, especially because it has a lovely gentle scent. It is moderately pricey, usually costing a bit less than oak firewood.
Mixed Hardwoods – Mixed hardwoods include woods like Ash, Elm, Sycamore, and even Hackberry. They are the least expensive firewood option, and crackles the most out of all other selections of firewood. It is easy to light and burns hot too! This type of firewood is perfect for outdoor bonfires and campfires.