Ash vs Oak?!
Which is the best for you??
Quite simply it’s all about moisture content. The drier the wood the better it burns. Freshly cut wood will contain about 60-70% moisture content depending on species but to achieve the best firewood burn quality, the wood must be dried to below 25% moisture content, but it’s almost a case of the drier the better. This ensures a clean burn with maximum heat output.
Due to the density, Oak takes a long time to dry to the core, but makes a great firewood with a long burn and good heat output, but only a small flame.
It is best when seasoned for a minimum of two years as it is a wood that requires time to season well.
At times, this wood will require a little more draft/air from the stove setting to maintain a good burn, however once a good base is established, then the burn time will be very long.
We would recommend Oak if you use your stove intensively throughout the day, as it will allow you to enjoy an extremely prolonged burn with more heat output than Ash.
Reckoned by many to be one of best woods for burning, it produces a steady flame and good heat output, that is slightly faster than the Oak. It can be burnt when green but like all woods, it burns best when dry.
A popular species that offers longer burn times and is relatively easy to use.
Ash Widely regarded as a great burning wood, with low smoke and an excellent flame pattern (even on slow-burning) which provides plenty of heat. We recommend ash if you are using your stove for 4-5 hours per day.