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Why Seasoned Firewood is Better Than Green Wood

When it comes to burning firewood, not all wood is created equal. The type of wood you choose can significantly impact the efficiency of your fire, the amount of heat produced, and even the safety of your home. A really important distinction to understand is the difference between seasoned and green wood. In this post, we explore both types and discover why seasoned firewood is the better option for burning. Read on below to learn more.


What is Green Wood?


Green wood is freshly cut wood that has not had the chance to dry out. Because it's full of moisture, green wood is harder to ignite and produces less heat when burned. The high water content also leads to more creosote buildup in your chimney, which can be a fire hazard. Additionally, burning green wood can produce a lot of smoke, leading to poor air quality both inside and outside your home.


What is Seasoned Wood?


Seasoned wood, on the other hand, has been allowed to dry for an extended period, usually at least six months to a year. The drying process reduces the moisture content, making the wood lighter and easier to burn. Seasoned wood catches fire more quickly, burns hotter, and produces less creosote and smoke compared to green wood.


Advantages of Seasoned Wood


Here are the benefits of buying seasoned wood;


  • Higher Heat Output


Seasoned wood has a higher calorific value, meaning it produces more heat per unit of weight. This is particularly important in colder months when you rely on your fireplace or wood-burning stove to keep your home warm.


  • Easier to Ignite


The reduced moisture content in seasoned wood makes it easier to ignite. You'll spend less time and effort trying to get your fire started, making the whole process more convenient.


  • Less Creosote Buildup


Creosote is a flammable substance that can accumulate in your chimney when you burn wood. Seasoned wood produces less creosote, reducing the risk of chimney fires.


  • Better for the Environment


Burning green wood releases more particulates and pollutants into the air, contributing to poor air quality. Seasoned wood burns cleaner, making it a more environmentally friendly option.


  • Cost-Effective


While seasoned wood may be more expensive upfront, its higher heat output and efficiency mean you'll need less of it to achieve the same heating effect, saving you money in the long run.


Searching for Firewood Delivery?


At Bennett’s Tree Care, we are a leading supplier of seasoned firewood in Wokingham and nearby areas, including Reading, Bracknell, and throughout Berkshire. We pride ourselves on offering a courteous, timely, and complimentary delivery service to our domestic customers.


Our firewood, available in hardwood or softwood options, comes primarily from a trusted local source. We adhere to stringent quality standards, storing the wood outdoors initially to naturally season, followed by a minimum of one year in ventilated sheds to ensure optimal dryness and quality.


Our meticulous process guarantees that you receive top-quality, fully seasoned firewood that delivers the perfect burn. Orders are typically delivered within a 1-2 day time frame, with various package options available. Contact us today on 0800 612 6486 or email us at info@bennettstreecare.co.uk if you have any questions.

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