In Canada, we are very lucky to have roughly 9% of the world’s forests. Many different types of firewood come from specific areas. Softwood, which derives from coniferous trees, is generally from British Columbia. Hardwood, which is from deciduous trees such as birch, maple and oak, is primarily found in southern Ontario and Quebec.
Different Types of Firewood
With so many different types of trees, it may seem difficult to know what the best choices for firewood in Ontario might be. Here are some questions about an assortment of various woods to help you decide what makes good firewood and which ones you may want to avoid.
- Is maple good firewood?
Maple is a solid choice for firewood as it is readily available, provides good heat, burns cleans and splits well.
- Does cherry make good firewood?
Cherry firewood has an exceptional aroma, splits easy and supplies moderate heat, but it does tend to spark more than other hardwoods, which could lead to issues when burned in an open fireplace.
- Is oak good firewood?
Oak has a higher energy content per cord and releases more heat, as well as providing longer lasting fires and coal beds than some hardwoods.
- Does pine make good firewood?
Pine ignites easily which makes it great for kindling. It also produces a hot flame that burns rapidly. It can be messy to work with but it smells great.
Help Stop the Spread of Tree Diseases to Different Areas
Diseases and pests are the biggest culprits that can severely hurt trees. To help avoid spreading these issues make sure to:
- Burn the firewood where you buy it
- Buy certified and heat-treated firewood where available
- Gather it yourself if regulations permit
- Check with all parks and campgrounds about their firewood rules
For all of your firewood needs and more, make sure to contact the professionals at Van Beek’s Garden Supplies.