Does Cottonwood Poplar make good firewood

Cottonwood is not a great choice for firewood. Cottonwood is good for generating heat easily but will burn through very quickly. It is not a good wood to load up on for an overnight burn. Cottonwood can put out an unpleasant smell, particularly if burnt before properly seasoned. Cottonwood has a low MBTU output, make … Read more

Does Cedar Make Good Firewood

Summary – What makes Cedar Good for Firewood Cedar, although it smells nice when being burned, is not a good option for firewood. Cedar has a high amount of sap which can cause a moderate amount of smoke and wood stoves burning cedar can suffer from creosote buildup. The high sap amount causes popping and … Read more

Does Oak Make Good Firewood

Summary – What makes Oak Good for Firewood Oak is one of the best choices for firewood. Most species of Oak have a very high MBTU output, this is due to its dense structure which makes it very heavy. Oak burns very hot, with little smoke and sparks. Oak is great for loading a wood … Read more

Does Ash Make Good Firewood

Ash will take a full season to dry properly, upon which time it will become easy to split. Ash produces low smoke and sparks with a mild aroma when burning Ash gives off a relatively high MBTU making it a great firewood for hot burns, and good for overnight burning in a wood stove. Ash … Read more

How does a double barrel wood stove work to produce more heat

efficient double barrel stoves

A double barrel wood stove produces more heat than a single barrel stove. The first (lower) barrel containing the burning wood. The second (higher) barrel is placed in line with the flue and contain tubes that get heated by the rising smoke. The heated tubes become warm and act as both an extra heat mass … Read more

How to duct heat from a wood burning stove safely

Attempting to attach ducting to a wood burning stove may not be the smartest thing to do. There are inherent fire risk dangers, and many manufacturers will specifically specify not to do this. Usually a furnace is designed to attach to ducting, always follow manufacturers guidelines. So, if you have a wood stove, and want … Read more