To burn or not to burn

Autumn season is upon us and usually with the wet and windy weather comes a drop in temperature, with more and more families turning back to the traditional open fire or log burner, the logs doesn’t have to be a back breaking chore. Before we move onto the chainsaw, do you know which woods you can or cannot burn?

Pine and Larch have high levels of resin and are likely to coat the inside of your log burner or flue with sticky deposits.  Poplar burns poorly and gives off a thick and black smoke. Laburnum is poisonous as is Oleander, Poison Oak, Poison Sumac, Mexican Pepper plus a few more so do your research, you don’t want those fumes in your home or lungs!

What firewood to use

Oak – burns very slowly and makes a small flame, it burns best when seasoned for a very long time (usually over 2+ years)

Walnut – this hardwood has high levels of durability and density which means the fire will burn slow and steady and it also has hardly any smoke while burning.

Yew – burns long and provides a robust heat while burning slow and steady, the added bonus is the sweet and festive fragrance which is great for those cozy nights in.

What tool to use

Webb garden power’s 40cm (16”) Electric Chainsaw is lightweight and easy to use. Equipped with a 40cm Oregon cutting bar & chain and with a 13.5 metre per second chain speed, it is suitable for cutting down firewood with a smooth and clean cut. The power comes from a 2200 watt electric motor which means it will quickly tackle any task in front of it and for safety the tool comes equipped with a chain brake, stopping the chainsaw chain moving around the bar, giving you peace of mind in case any kickbacks occur. For piece of mind this machine comes with a comprehensive 2 year warranty.  Watch the video on our website see the features.

To read about the different types of wood, take a look a this chart https://www.charnwood.com/news/best-firewood-to-burn-chart-uk/

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