Hardwood logs are much more dense than softwood logs – so you’ll find hardwood burns hotter and for longer than softwood. Having said that, if you try to get your fire going using hardwood, it’d be like trying to light a brick!
That’s why we recommend burning both types of wood by firstly building your fire up with seasoned softwood and switching to seasoned hardwood to sustain the burn.
You can, of course, burn seasoned softwood on its own if you want to. Softwood is a lot cheaper to buy than hardwood – but softwood also burns away quicker too. So if you love the novelty of putting another log on the fire then softwood will give you plenty of practice. However, if you want to kick back and relax after getting your fire going, we recommend switching to hardwood logs as they will sustain the burn of your fire for anything up to five hours!
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If you’re interested in the science behind it all then do read on! Hardwood logs are denser than softwood logs because hardwood species such as Oak; Ash and Beech take up to 100 years to reach maturity. In contrast, softwood species such as Pine; Larch; Spruce and Douglas Fir grow much faster than hardwood species and take up to 30 years to reach maturity – so softwood is less dense and, as a result, easier to light than hardwood. That’s why we recommend using softwood to build your fire and hardwood to sustain the burn.