When selecting my woodfuel, should I choose hardwood or softwood?

Traditionally hardwood, such as oak, sycamore and ash have been considered better for burning than softwoods such as larch, spruce and Douglas fir. This is because hardwood is denser. Therefore an identical sized hardwood log actually contains more carbon, produces more heat and burns for longer than its softwood alternative. The truth is both are good fuels. You will need a greater volume of softwood logs to get the same energy, because of the lower calorific value per volume, but they are generally cheaper. If you have room to store more logs and you don’t mind refilling your stove a little more often then softwood could be for you.

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