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Which types of wood are best to burn in a stove?

which types of wood are the best to burn in a stove
Keep your wood stored in a dry place where air can circulate easily

We are often asked which types of wood are the best to burn in a stove. Courtesy of the super efficient Jotul stove developers here’s everything you need to know:

Wood has been the natural choice of fuel for domestic fires since it was first used many millennia ago. Nowadays, being able to burn wood for heat in your stove gives you more freedom and options for fuel.

By using your woodburning stove to heat your home, you become no longer dependent on energy utilities but we appreciate there are many different wood types to choose from, and they all have their own individual burning qualities.

Hardwood or softwood?

Do you know the difference between hardwood and softwood? Hardwoods are any broad-leafed, deciduous trees, such as Beech and Elm, while softwoods are conifers including Cedar and Fir.

When it comes to burning wood in stoves, hardwood is better than softwood as it burns slower. The density of softwood is also around half that of hardwood, which results in it burning twice as fast – meaning you’ll need twice as much!

Dry wood is always the best wood

No matter what type of wood you choose for your stove, it is important that the wood is dried before you burn. Wood that hasn’t been dried wastes much of the energy created while burning in removing water from the log and producing steam.

Fresh wood contains a high amount of water of between 65-90%, depending on the species. We recommend that wood is seasoned for at least a year, or preferably two before burning.

Burning wet wood or treated wood can line your chimney or flue with creosote, which in turn can lead to a chimney fire, so it’s worth getting it right.

You can dry out your own wood in a wood store or, if you don’t have the facilities, ensure you buy seasoned wood. The best kiln dried wood has moisture content of less than 20%.  Check out our sister site www.heatforless.co.uk to view a range of seasoned and kiln dried wood as well as environmentally friendly sawdust briquettes.  Buying in bulk and storing your own logs in a dry place where air can easily circulate will help minimise costs and keep your chimney healthy.

Which tree is best for me?

While all woods burn better when seasoned, in general the best woods for burning in your stove are the ones you are most likely to come across. So which types of wood are the best to burn in a stove?Here are our recommendations:

  • Apple – Burns slowly with a small flame size and produces a pleasant scent.
  • Ash – Considered the best wood for burning; it produces a steady flame and strong heat output.
  • Beech – Burns similar to Ash.
  • Birch – Produces a strong heat output but can burn quite quickly.
  • Hawthorn – traditional firewood with a slow burn and strong heat output.
  • Horse chestnut – This wood is burnt well in wood stoves as it can spit. It produces a good flame and strong heat output.
  • Oak – The density of the wood produces a small flame and very slow burn.
  • Robinia – A good burning wood with a slow burn and strong heat output. Can produce an acrid smoke but if using a stove this is not a problem.
  • Thorn – A steady flame and very strong heat output without producing excess smoke.
which types of wood are the best to burn in a stove
Look after your stove by burning properly seasoned or kiln dried wood.

Multifuel Stoves

So what is a Multifuel Stove?

A multifuel stove is very similar to a wood-burning stove in appearance and design. Multifuel refers to the capability of the stove to burn wood and also coal, also sometimes wood pellets, or peat. Stoves that have a grate for the fire to burn on and a removable ash pan are generally considered multi fuel stoves.

Many of our stoves come in multi-fuel or wood burning varieties – in both contemporary or traditional styles.  We have a huge range of stoves of all shapes and sizes in our Colney Heath showroom close to St Albans, many of which you can see alight to get a real idea of how the stove would look in your home.

Multifuel stoves are our most popular products and all of us have them in our homes.  If you take care only to burn seasoned wood  and look after your stove it will last many winters and become the heart of your home.




Beat electricity, gas and oil price rises by using our carbon neutral wood fuel and kiln dried logs sourced from sustainable managed British woodland. We also supply sawdust logs, by-products from local furniture manufacturers, and solid oak offcuts from a nearby joinery workshop.

View all of our fuel products, prices and availability on our dedicated site:


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Looking for a wood stove, gas, electric or multi fuel stove?

Every stove customer has a unique set of requirements, and with our 50 years of experience and expertise we can help you make informed decisions, whether you are looking for a wood stove, gas, electric or multifuel stove. It is our aim to demonstrate as many different types of stove as possible in our showroom, so that our customers can experience them first hand.

The best way to choose a stove is to see it in person – our experts can help you decide which products will suit your requirements, and your home, whether you are looking for a contemporary, minimalist, ornate or traditional model. Call us now to discuss your requirements on 01727 823326 or come in and view our extensive range in our stove showroom.

Wood burning stoves are one of the most environmentally friendly ways of heating your home – we are approved suppliers for top brands such as Nordpeis, Rocal, Barbas, Stovax, Hwam, Scan, Rais, Yeoman, Dovre and Jotul to name a few – we also supply carbon neutral wood fuel and kiln dried logs sourced from sustainable managed British woodland & by products from local sawmills.