What Kind of Wood is Good to Burn?

Certain types of wood are better to burn than others. But what is the best type of wood to burn? First, remember to avoid softwood. Hardwood is more suitable for burning. Which wood you choose to burn in your stove or fireplace is dependant on the purpose, circumstance, and personal preference.

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Note: All wood has the same BTU potential per pound.

There are several types of hardwoods that are good to burn in your fireplace or wood-burning stove.  Hardwoods are denser, meaning they have less airspace in between the wood cells than softwoods. Therefore, there is more energy produced when burning a piece of hardwood as opposed to a piece of softwood.

Here’s our favorites…

Best Types of Wood:

  • Oak
  • Cherry
  • Ash
  • Mulberry
  • Hackberry

About Manufactured Logs

Logs such as Duraflame and other “manufactured” logs found at supermarkets can be burned in a fireplace.  The logs are usually made from compressed sawdust, copper sulfate, and paraffin wax. While manufactured logs burn cleaner, some fireplace users dislike the odor that the wax creates.

Here’s a few things to know:


  • Never burn more than one manufactured log at a time in a fireplace.
  • Poking or breaking apart a manufactured log in the fireplace will cause it to burn all at once, making a very hot fire. Be careful!
  • Never burn manufactured logs in a wood-burning stove.

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