Mostly, we need firewood in bulk because the winter season lasts for more than three months. Before placing your order it is important to get an average quantity of wooden logs you need to burn during the entire winter season. It is so disturbing to search for a new stock of firewood in the middle of the winter season. Even if we try, there will be a risk of getting inferior, soft and moist wood. It is advisable to arrange adequate stock before the chilling winter season strikes your area. Most of us don’t have any idea how to identify whether the wood is ideal as fuel or not. If recently you were cheated by an inferior firewood seller, follow some tips as we are mentioning below.
Differentiating Between Hard and Softwood
From the perspective of combustion, hardwood is the best option we can have. Trees producing softwood are not suitable for combustion purpose because its molecules are loosely packed comprising a lot of water. It loses a lot of weight after seasoning that results in quick exhaustion. Also, the flame produced by softwood has less calorific value. If it is not perfectly seasoned, you will surely suffocate by an excess of smoke. On the other hand, hardwood burns excellently by producing high-quality flame. It remains heavy after adequate seasoning. If you are finding bulk firewood for sale, it is advisable to prefer a cord of hardwood only. Below are some tips to help you in identifying a good stock.
Tips to find good-quality hardwood
1) Prefer native species
If you are looking for the best quality firewood, we prefer native species. In Sydney, redgum and ironbark are two abundantly available hardwood species. If you ask for firewood from these trees, most of the sellers can provide in adequate quantities. Abundance means they will also be affordable enough to order for the entire season.
2) Kiln seasoned
Natural seasoning and kiln seasoning are two techniques for drying firewood. Kilns are helpful in escalating the process of seasoning. Where natural seasoning takes 2-3 months, kilns can reduce moisture within a week only. Kiln seasoning is very helpful for those who are looking for a good quality firewood stock in the middle of the winter season.
3) Identify by colour
Generally, dark-coloured wood is considered as mature as compared to the lighter colour. If the logs are in brown or dark grey colour, they will be most probably hard and well-seasoned. However, don’t consider it as the primary parameter.
4) Compare the weight
Ask them to bring two logs of seasoned firewoods i.e. hard and soft. COmpare their weight to identify that the seller is not cheating. Hardwood logs always remain heavy even after drying entire moisture.
Before ordering, make a list of some native firewood sellers who are approachable through their official websites. Compare the price and available wood species at every store to finalize the best one.