So you’ve bought your wood burning stove and you’ve attempted, at least once, to get a fire going. While indeed most wood burning stoves have measures which make getting a fire going a doddle, there are nonetheless certain things to remember. Most specifically, what sort of wood should really be used?

The beauty of wood burning stoves is that absolutely any source of wood can be used as fuel. Owners don’t really have to go down the road of purchasing pre-dried logs – absolutely anything can be used. Saying that, results may vary. We’ve compiled a short list of the most commonly used types of wood which is about and around, and assessed the performance of all of them, to save you a lot of trial and error.  

Ash branches and logs aren’t quite the hardest, but saying that they aren’t easiest to get lit. Ash branches and logs tend to coal in an excellent manner, and emits very few sparks. Add an absolutely excellent fragrance to the overview, and you have a solid all-around contender which can be purchased or found very easily.

Beech wood branches and logs are a real nuisance to get to initially light. It can be done – of course it can, but you might want to pay a bit of extra care and attention to getting your fire going when you’re using beech wood. Saying that, if you put in the effort required and get your beech wood fire going, you’ll enjoy great coaling qualities, and very few sparks to ruin your fire. Beech wood doesn’t have very much of a smell to it too. If the scent of wood in storage isn’t your thing, beech wood might be for you – especially when you consider beech white wood, which has very much the same characteristics of beech wood, but is very simple to get going.

On the other hand, if you enjoy the scent of wood, you might want to consider using cherry branches. With one of the most lovely smells you’ll likely ever smell (if the smell of wood appeals to you) you’ll find that cherry branches and logs indeed have few sparks, excellent coaling qualities, but suffers from being somewhat difficult to get going.

Cedar wood is in abundant supply, and very commonly used in furniture. Saying that, for most wood burning stoves, it can be a bit of an ordeal. While it starts very easily, coaling quality is very poor and cedar wood produces a good deal of sparks.

If you have any questions about your wood burning stove, don’t hesitate to contact your stove manufacturer or supplier in order to get the answers that you need.