Red Deer Firewood has several varieties of firewood. Which species will work best for you?
Lets hit the most requested wood first. Birch is a wood that will produce great heat.. but it has to be properly seasoned. Birch has a lot of sap, and that has to be dried out before you burn it, otherwise it won't burn as well, and the sap will build up in your chimney.
Spruce is great if you are wanting that crackling fire. However, it is not the best burning wood out there. It burns pretty fast. That does mean that you can control the heat output though... no one wants the Sahara Desert in their living room.
Pine burns very well. However, it also has a lot of sap so this wood has to be dried as well. Otherwise you run the risk of the sap clinging in your chimney... which increases the chance of a chimney fire. So make sure that when you burn this wood that it is dry and ready to burn.
This species is not plentiful in Alberta. This mostly comes from British Columbia. It is a decent burning wood and gives of good heat. However it does burn faster than other species. It will need to be seasoned though or else you run the risk of chimney fires.
This species to burn is a bit controversial. But.. did you know that these trees have an extensive root system? So extensive that their roots can be 40m in either direction. Neat, hey? Anyway, after that little fun fact, lets get down to the facts of burning them.
They will burn, like any other wood. It is very light compared to other wood. It will burn hot and fast, which makes sense because it is not very dense. So, if you use this wood with moderate temperatures it would work well. Or if you mix it in with other better burning wood.
How much wood will you be getting? A cord is the usual measurement. A cord is four feet by four feet by eight feet. As you might imagine that is a lot of firewood! As well, that means that the average piece of firewood is 4 ft long.. which you cannot burn in a fireplace. So that measurement is not often used when buying wood for a home. A more common term you might hear is stove cord, furnace cord or face cord. This measurement is a cord of wood that is 4ft high and 8 ft wide with pieces that are shorter than 4ft long.. so that they can go into your fireplace! To ensure you know how much you are getting we relate how much of a cord you are buying. We will be more expensive than other dealers because we
- ensure that you are getting pieces that fit into your fireplace
- wood that is cut into consistent lengths so that it is easier to handle... and it is easy to see how much you are getting
- wood that is ready to burn... that means we have ensured that it is dry for you
- clean firewood that is stacked... this way you are not paying for dirt, rocks or mud.