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How to Identify Hardwood Logs?

Learn all about how to differentiate softwood and hardwood logs from the leading Staffordshire supplier, D Price and Sons.

Identifying Hardwood Logs

Posted on - 22.03.21

Here at D Price and Sons, we have been supplying hardwood logs in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire for over 25 years. Before they make it to you, our logs are carefully selected to ensure that you get the best quality and value for money. However, we are often asked about where hardwood comes from in comparison to softwood and the benefits that it brings. In today’s article, we’ll set out to answer all of those questions. 

How Are Hardwood Logs Different to Softwood Logs? 

First of all, hardwood and softwood logs are sourced from different types of trees. Hardwood logs are synonymous with coming from trees that lose their leaves each year. However, softwood logs tend to come from conifers that remain evergreen throughout the year. Some of the most common trees used for hardwood logs are as follows: 

  • Oak
  • Ash
  • Elm
  • Sycamore
  • Birch

If you’re unsure of the source of the logs, another way to tell them apart is the density of the wood. Hardwood is harvested from trees that grow at a much slower rate than softwood trees. This leads to an increased density. It’s this quality that makes them much slower burners and much lower maintenance. 

Benefits of Burning Hardwood Logs

As we’ve slightly touched on already, the higher density of these logs makes them perfect for maintaining a fire. If you were to use softwood logs, it’s likely that you would have to keep making visits to the fire to keep it roaring at the desired temperature. However, a good hardwood log can burn up to five hours, giving you the time to snuggle up and watch a film without interruption.

In addition to this, even when hardwood logs have stopped burning, they leave behind coals that radiate heat themselves. Softwood logs often don’t have the capacity to do this. Whilst our kiln dried wood shouldn’t emit too much smoke anyway, hardwood is renowned for producing less than it’s softer counterpart anyway. Whilst both types of logs bring different benefits, we often recommend that our customers use a combination of both. The fast burning capabilities of softwood makes it perfect to initially get the fire going, and hardwood can then be added to maintain it. 

Hardwood Logs in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire

Now that you have a good understanding of which wood may be best for you, you’re ready to make a purchase. All of our hardwood and softwood logs can be purchased online and depending on your postcode, you may be eligible for free delivery. More information on this can be found on the delivery page. If you have any questions regarding any of our products, please contact us. Our experienced and friendly team will be happy to assist you with any queries you may have. 

By partnering with D Price and Sons, you’re guaranteed quality. As a BSL (Biomass Suppliers List) registered supplier, we are also committed to sustainability through the use of high quality fuels, which is reflected in our products. If you have found this blog to be useful, check out our latest news section for more just like it. For example, you may be interested in learning more about which type of wood is best for your log burner. 

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