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Do you use your fireplace often? What is the best firewood to use?

I need to buy some....is it worth it to spend the extra on "hardwood" or just buy cheap fir?

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Whatkids

Asked by Whatkids at 8:23 PM on Feb. 10, 2010 in Home & Garden

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  • Hardwood will have less popping and sparking. That's why people use it. It just burns better than poplar, pine, etc.
    vicesix

    Answer by vicesix at 7:28 AM on Feb. 11, 2010

  • Dry hardwood is best. Pulp wood like poplar burns quickly so it's good to get a fire started but then add oak, maple or ash to keep your fire burning longer. Pine, spruce or fir, when they're dry, burn too quickly to make it worth burning, and when they're not dry they have a lot of sap in them that will pops and creates more creosote than other kinds. Dry cedar makes great kindling, though!
    michiganmom116

    Answer by michiganmom116 at 9:00 AM on Feb. 11, 2010

  • We have 20 acres of mixed. We use it all. Some burn hotter/slower/etc. than others. We don't care. Maybe we're unusually blessed to enjoy it all; including the crackling, popping sappy stuff. When we sell, we try to do so for less than others, since it's part of God's blessings, and we just want to share. It has helped keep our energy costs down. Just trying to get by the winter, and dreaming of Spring! :) But thanks for all the tips from others, and for your question!
    last-minute-mom

    Answer by last-minute-mom at 10:54 AM on Feb. 11, 2010

  • I wouldn't use any type of pine because of the creosote build up, it can cause a chimney fire. With winter almost over, you probably don't need to buy much, maybe 1/4 or 1/2 cord and let them know you want it for a fireplace not a furnace. I'm not positive on use with a fireplace but we only burn seasoned (dry) wood in our furnace. Ask if the wood is seasoned & if they'll give you a deal if you pick it up yourself instead of having it delivered.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:28 PM on Feb. 11, 2010

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