When it comes to building a great fire, the type of wood that you use can make a big difference. Accessibility to various types of wood differs by region, but Walden is here to give you a quick rundown of what you should be looking for when choosing your wood, as well as proper firewood storage techniques.
The type of firewood that is best for you will primarily depend upon whether you are planning on having an indoor or an outdoor fire.
What to look for in indoor firewood: To prevent smoke from wafting throughout your home, you want to choose firewood that burns clean, with minimal ash, and has a high BTU (British Thermal Unit: the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of one pound of water by one degree Fahrenheit).
Best wood for indoor fires: oak, birch, maple, and hickory
What to look for in outdoor firewood: For outdoor fires, BTU and cleanliness is usually not as important to people as the flash and crackle that your fire emits. Easy lighting also becomes a greater priority, as the wood will likely be stored out in the elements.
Best wood for outdoor fires: pine, aspen, birch
How to store your firewood: Nothing will dampen your bonfire experience like damp wood. For this reason, proper wood storage is just as important as the type of wood that you use if you are looking to enjoy your fire with ease. Here are a few tips to help you keep your wood in prime condition for your next fire: