Wood Burning Properties
Here is a list of commonly found wood in the UK with a brief description of it's burning characteristics.
Contributions are welcome. As a rule, hardwoods burn slower/longer than softwoods. Softwoods are ideal for kindling.
A poor wood. It burns quickly and gives off little heat.
A good wood. It burns slowly and gives off good heat. It also smell nice and doesn't tend to spark/spit too much. Really needs to be dry (seasoned).
One of the best woods to burn. Gives good heat and flame, burns slowly. Will also burn when green.
Like Ash, burns well but not so good when green. Has a tendancy to spark.
Is a very good burning wood although burns fairly fast. Mix with slower burning woods.
Another good wood. Burns slowly with lots of heat and little smoke.
Good wood for cooking. Gives lots of heat but little flame. Also smell nice.
Burns slow and with lots of heat. Needs to be seasoned. Little or no spitting.
Not very good. Produces little flame or heat.
Burns quickly with little heat. Very smokey.
Needs to be well seasoned to burn. Slow burner and good heat output.
Burns slowly with lots of heat and little smoke.
Excellent wood when seasoned. Burns fast but without spitting.
A good wood. Can be burnt green.
Another good wood. Burns well.
Produces heat and flame, but spits a lot.
Needs to be seasoned well. Spits excessively while it burns.
Produces a good flame.
A poor wood.
A good wood. Burns slow with good heat.
One of the best firewoods. When seasoned well, it gives off a good, lasting heat. Burns reasonably slowly.
Needs to be seasoned well. Burns well with a pleasant smell and without spitting.
Burns well but tends to spit. The resinous wood makes good kindling.
Burns slowly to produce a black choking smoke even when seasoned.
Burns very quickly and sparks badly.
Burns well but produces only moderate heat.
Low quality firewood.
A poor wood. Do not even try unless it is well seasoned.
Burns slowly and with a fierce heat.