Here is our list of the best woods to burn in a fireplace. Out of the 9 common woods fireplace owners ignite, only 4 stand out as clean and hot. The type of wood you use in the fire place or stove will keep your chimney cleaner and safe.
So, let’s chat about what’s the cleanest wood to supply your fire place. Number one wood is CEDAR. This is the cleanest, best woods for maximum heat and little soot in your chimney.
Number 2 is the OAK family. White oak, pin oak and red oak wood is fantastic for burning in fireplaces or stoves. This wood is also clean and hot compared with other woods to use.
Only the other side, these are not the best wood to burn in your fireplace if at all possible
Unless you are in a bad situation and will freeze, avoid these woods if at all possible. First, NEVER burn any wood that is not dry. Trees are best cut down in the winter time as the sap has drained out of the tree. It should be cut and stored for a year if possible. Wet wood will not burn correctly and is the leading cause of creosote build up and dangerous clogging in your chimney.
From worst to not so good – PINE. Bad wood to burn over time. Sappy and hardly worth the risk. Second, HICKORY is great for smoking meat but not so good for heating your home.
Completing the list of not so good woods to use is BLACK OAK, GUM TREE AND POPULAR. Popular is known as a weed tree. It grows very quickly but is terrible to use to heat your home.
If you have questions, call your reliable chimney sweep company before you buy the wood. Ask them if they have a reliable source of wood. Most companies will deal with several suppliers of firewood.
The companies share customers all of the time. Especially in the winter time, it can be hard to find good, dry clean wood. Some suppliers keep a low profile so they can service their long time customers in the winter. Our Knoxville chimney sweep companyhas several suppliers and each of us have a stack of business cards to hand out.
Try this little known trick to get firewood
Use the search engines to see who supplies the oak and cedar wood around your area. Ask neighbors and friends about firewood suppliers. Everyone has an opinion, right? Don’t overlook the groups and forums on social media. They are full of folks like you that will gladly point you to a source for oak and cedar wood. Remember, these are the best woods for your fireplace.
Often times, someone will be clearing land and cutting trees. They may reach out to you just to have a place to take the wood. If not, they will have to burn it or put it in a landfill. That is simply a waste of resources. They would much rather deliver the firewood to you and get a little extra money for their time.