Specific burning characteristics like heat generation, coaling qualities and lighting ability should all play a role in deciding which type of firewood will work best for you. I did learn how to split wood this winter, and LOVED doing it – I wish I’d discovered it years ago, since at this point in my life (let’s just say far middle age) it was fun while I was doing it, but I’ve been limping like an injured prize-fighter ever since – firewood 1, me 0. I’m going to give it another try this summer, this time going into training first.
Some of the softwood framing in a house can be separated from the living space by the use of an air-tight, aluminum-foil barrier, thus protecting a sensitive occupant from bothersome odors It’s also possible to use less bothersome (but considerably more expensive) hardwood lumber for framing, or to eliminate wood completely and use something other than wood.
This would be great if true, since competition for free firewood around here has gotten tougher with more people installing wood stoves to save money. Virtually all the wood framing in today’s houses is derived from softwood trees because it can be produced more cheaply than hardwood. Hopefully, the content of this page will help to shed some light and help consumers of pellets make more informed decisions when sourcing pellets. Generally speaking, the easiest way to identify a hardwood is by its leaf type. The lower density of softwood makes it a much easier timber to work with than hardwood.
Pressure treated softwood species are commonly used for the substructure of decks irrespective of the deck board material. Most warehouse clubs and retailers carry pellets that have a strong smell of cardboard, or other unpleasant scent. Consider firewood to be an energy storage material; solar energy from the sun is collected by the tree and stored in the wood.
Burning seasoned softwood causes no concern as long as the fire is prevented from smouldering excessively and you keep the chimney clean at all times. If they are offering you hardwood and its cheaper then i would go with hardwood all day. Typically manufacturers will farm softwood in one of the large temperate coniferous forests in Northern Europe or North America.
It’s almost always better to pre-drill and screw it, not nail it. But both types of wood make great decking and if you treat and maintain softwood decking and furniture properly it can last for decades. The types of conifer normally used for softwood decking include Pine – Pinus spp; Cedar – Thuya – or Thuja spp; Spruce – Picea – same as traditional Christmas tree; Hemlock – Tsuga; Fir – Abies spp: These will be sold as European Pine, European Redwood, Larch and Cedar to name but a few! Softwood is generally cheaper, gives off less heat and burns faster but dries more quickly than hardwood.
Kiln Dried Logs burn hotter than seasoned logs or green logs – With less moisture contained in the kiln dried log, less energy is required to burn off residual moisture and therefore more energy converts into heat. However, due to the difference in density, you may need twice the volume of softwood to compare to the same weight as hardwood. The fire will burn cleaner and hotter with kiln dried logs and the stove window is unlikely to soot up. When burning on an open fire there is much less spitting and sizzling making it much safer for you and better for your chimney. To the untrained eye, it can be difficult to tell if you’re looking at hardwood or softwood.
For Composite Decking – The composite decking boards require no maintenance and can cope with wet conditions without a coat of sealant. It doesn’t matter if the sawdust came from a softwood species, hardwood species, or a blend, they are all compressed to the same density. Hardwood trees come from angiosperms while softwood trees come from gymnosperms. That means you may want to choose hardwoods for smaller projects, like decks, window frames and doors.
In many cases, hardwoods and softwoods are both used for many of the same purposes, with more emphasis placed on the type of hardwood or softwood and how dense it is. Hardwood timber, which is used for hardwood decking is sourced from slow growing trees, which are often referred to as broadleaved trees. After unloading enough bags from the tons you will get real good at telling which pellets feel right for consistence.
The pores in hardwoods are a lot of what gives hardwood its prominent grain, which is quite different from softwood’s light grain. Best Fire Wood for Cooking – Cooking over firewood has many advantages, whether its in your fire pit or fireplace barbecue cooking wood can add great flavor and aromas to your grilled foods. Although softwood decking is undoubtedly a cheaper, more economical decking solution, if you are investing in decking for the long term there is little doubt that hardwood decking will prove more economical long term.
If it’s aesthetic appeal you’re looking for then sure a hardwood such as Oak will look fantastic but ideally you’ll still need to paint the exterior facing surfaces to keep within your warranty. Pine burns well when well-seasoned but has a tendency to crackle and pop because it is resinous and a softwood. And, of course, burning a mix of hard and softwood helps generate not just more heat but less work and creosote.
Prices vary considerably for different hardwood species, with walnut being relatively expensive and poplar being lower in cost. If you feel you may not always be able to keep the paintwork in tip top condition (if it’s a holiday home for example and you’re not there the majority of the time), and if you can afford hardwood windows then opt for these. Balsa wood on the other hand is a hardwood that is actually softer than most softwoods! Therefore, for maximum heat for cooking, let a bunch of logs burn completely until they are embers before adding food. As far as I can see, the difference isn’t between hardwood and softwood in pellets.
Your softwood gates will last for anywhere between 15 – 25 years and you’ll benefit from a cost effective product that will give good longevity. With considerable differences in the price of hardwood decking and softwood decking, it’s easy to see why people often labour over this decision. Decking is a great way to make more living space and to entertain on social events.
Well, in summary softwood is great for burning, but as with all wood fuel it has to be dried properly to below 20% moisture content. Yew trees, for instance, are as hard as some hardwoods but it is a softwood based on its seeds. For the purposes of this Instructable taxonomic distinctions between hardwood and softwood will not be considered. Whilst it has the same calorific value as hardwood by weight, being less dense you need sometimes up to as much as twice as many logs for the same weight, or energy output.
However, part of me wonders why we would be so silly as to distinguish between hardwood and softwood for any other reason than density. Softwood is used a lot more for decking because it tends to be less costly and easier to work with than hardwoods. At Ferguson’s, a full skid of wood pellets is 75 bags (1.5ton), measuring 4 feet by 4 feet, and 6 feet in height. In the U.S. most softwood lumber is grown in the South or the Pacific Northwest. We are happy to talk to you about the various merits of softwood and hardwood for as long as required.
Hardwood comes from angiosperm — or flowering plants — such as oak, maple, or walnut, that are not monocots Softwood comes from gymnosperm trees, usually evergreen conifers, like pine or spruce. The dense wood takes longer to season or dry out (typically between 1-2 years) and it’s harder to light compared to softwood. It depends on the exact species of wood you are comparing but, generally speaking, hardwood logs tend to be denser than softwood logs and therefore they burn hotter.
Because of this they are not suitable for overnight burning in wood-stoves as the fire will inevitably run out. Using a soft broom, roller or paintbrush, apply the decking oil from the least accessible to the most accessible point of your decking. FYI im also burning green teams from lowes and I can second that they are good pellets. By engineering crops and waste such as cornstalks, straw, and residual forest waste, pellets can utilize millions of tons of waste and put them to work. The first and most important thing to remember is that you are buying pellets by weight NOT volume.
Read our Firewood Logs weights and measure guide for a full explanation of our product sizes and volumes. Garden furniture made of hardwood will last two to three decades as long as you maintain it in peak condition, while even well-maintained pine garden furniture only lasts about a decade. Hardwood has higher BTU levels than softwood, which will give you a longer lasting fire. They can be mixed with hardwood to improve the performance of slow burning fires.