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Hardwoods or softwoods

- that’s not the question.

Softwoods like fir, spruce, and pine are less expensive than hardwoods. Softwoods are easier to ignite and burn rapidly with a hot flame. If you want a quick-warming fire that will burn quickly, softwoods are your best choice. However, if you are a serious wood burner using a catalytic woodburning stove, hardwoods is your best choice. Hardwoods such as oak and birch provide a longer-lasting fire with a shorter flame.

A mixture of softwoods and hardwoods can be used for easy starts and long lasting burns. All woods should be season dried before burning in order to provide the cheapest, cleanest, and safest fire.

By the way: thermal value of hardwoods and softwoods are the same in terms of weight though, due to density, of course not in volume. What has been said about hard woods does also apply for artificial fire-logs made of sawdust. In case you intend to fire them, pls. make sure that you only take the kind that is made of compressed sawdust only - without any binder!

Note:  Never burn rubbish, chemically treated wood, such as discarded railroad ties, utility poles, and old yard fences. All emit poisonous fumes and could add to those materials that collect in the chimney, increasing the possibility of a chimney fire.

Note:  Never burn coal in your catalytic stove, never burn artificial logs that are composites of sawdust, chips, colorful chemicals, starch binders, and wax.

They can be harmful to the catalytic combustor. Burn only wood that has been dried for two years!

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