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Moisture Content

Dry wood (well seasoned) burns better than wet wood (green logs). Wet wood is much less efficient, and if you can get them to light at all, logs that are not dry provide a fire that smoulders and creates lots of tars and smoke. These tars can be corrosive, potentially damaging the lining of the flue and increasing the danger of a chimney fire. Wet logs will tend to blacken glass in stoves even if the stove is designed to keep the glass clean. When trying to burn wet wood, the fire has to boil off the water before any heat is provided to the room. Well seasoned logs can have twice the heating value of green logs.

Only burn dry wood, either by buying it dry or by seasoning green logs. Dry in a sunny, well-aired space for one or two summers, keeping the rain off in the winter. Radial cracks and bark that comes off easily suggest well-seasoned wood; better still, check with a moisture meter. First, calibrate the meter and then measure a freshly split surface to get the best reading.

Wood Density

When buying logs, the seller should advise whether they are from hardwood or softwood tree species (or mixed) and if they meet the European standard EN ISO 17225-5 for graded firewood. The general difference is that hardwoods tend to be denser than softwoods. This means that a tonne of hardwood logs would occupy a smaller space than a tonne of softwood logs.

Denser wood tends to burn for a longer period of time meaning fewer ‘top ups’ are required to keep a log stove burning for a given length of time. Since the heating value is approximately proportional to the weight of the wood (for the same moisture content), hardwood logs are typically priced as more expensive than softwoods when bought by volume.


Ensure that your firewood is not contaminated, e.g. with paint or preservatives. Treated wood should never be used in a stove because it can produce harmful gas emissions which may affect your health. Burning contaminated wood is also more likely to corrode flue linings and damage the chimney as well.

Woodburner Engineers St Austell Cornwall


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