When building a fire in your fire pit, you want, hot burning, long-lasting logs that light quickly. In this article, we explore some of the best wood for fire pits.
We’ve all been desperate for a last-minute fire and ended up using scrap wood that you have in the garden, this wood is defiantly not the best wood for fire pits. It may be a quick and easy option but you’re making it difficult for yourself to get a good clean burning fire going with this type of wood. You’re also likely to annoy your neighbours with a tonne of smoke!
Kiln-dried hardwood logs are the best wood for fire pits or a chiminea. Hardwood logs burn for a substantial amount of time because of the density of the wood species. Kiln-dried logs are a better choice than seasoned ones because they supply a clean burn with minimal smoking as the amount of moisture in the wood has been effectively reduced during the kiln drying process.
We have listed the best wood for firepits below, we have based this on burn time, heat output, seasoning time, and availability.
Hickory: This is one of the hottest burning hardwoods it is famous and therefore pretty easy to find, seasons quickly, smells great when burning, and burns for a long time.
Ash: A quick seasoning wood, it burns very hot and is simple to work with especially if you are prepping your own wood for fire pit use. White ash is a very common option for firewood.
Beech: Actually quite similar to ash in terms of heat and burning length. Slow to season due to the high moisture content in the wood. Also, beech can be difficult to split and challenging to light at times.
Oak: This extremely dense hardwood burns hot and for a long time, however, it can be a challenge to light. White oak is a common option for fire pit firewood.
Kiln-dried hardwood logs for fire pits
Kiln-dried logs are cut to different sizes and are available in a variety of lengths. We have chosen a few that are suitable for most standard-sized home fire pits and medium to large-sized chimineas. These all have low moisture content, which makes lighting your fire pit or chiminea so much easier compared to using regular seasoned logs. They are all hardwood species so these logs are sure to provide you with a longer burn. So sit back and relax and enjoy some quality time around your fire pit.
These logs are 27cm long, they have a below 20% average moisture content and are perfect for open fire stoves, log burner, fire pits, pizza ovens. These are sold in 15kg nets.
- KILN DRIED CHUNKY HARDWOOD LOGS- Dry and ready to burn - below 20% average moisture content
- 25 CM LONG - 25cm / 9.8" approx length - Firewood suitable for most wood burners, stoves , burner and fire pits
- LARGE 40 LITRE NETS - Tightly Packed Nets - in secure packaging to arrive dry on your doorstep
- SUSTAINABLE HARDWOOD - Mainly Ash, Oak, Beech - bags may contain a mixture of species in varying thickness of logs.
- LONG HOT BURN - Chunky firewood logs that last longer - Easy to Ignite - long hot burn
Comfort woodfuels ready to burn kiln dried birch logs are a great choice and are in smaller bags at 8kg per bag. They have a very low moisture content of 15% which helps avoid condensation in their bag. They are 25cm long, FSC Certified, and suitable open fire stoves, log burner, fire pits, pizza ovens.
- Woodsure Ready to Burn - Handy bags of kiln dried birch sealed in a waterproof bag. Comfort Wood Fuel Ltd WS221-00001
- Very low moisture content (15%) helps avoid condensation in bag.
- Sourced in Europe from "FSC Certified" Forest's where sustainability is key to the future, every tree taken means several more are planted.
- 25cm Logs nearly chopped to handy size. Each bag weighs approximately 7 - 8kg.
- Suitable for Log and Coal fires, open stoves, fire pits Pizza Ovens etc.
EcoBlaze boxed kiln dried firewood supplies 25cm hardwood logs with a low moisture content under 20%. They come in environmentally friendly cardboard packaging, and you get typically 12 – 14 logs in each box. Again they are great for fireplaces, stoves, log burners, open fires, campfires, pizza ovens, and more.
- Dried to under 20%
- Ready to Burn
- Environmentally friendly cardboard packaging ♻
- Burns with a bright flame & a high heat
- Typically 12 - 14 logs in each box, each log is 25cm long by 8 - 15cm in diameter
What not to burn in your fire pit
If you want to gather around a fire pit with friends, family, or a loved one in the garden, there are things such as different fuels that you should avoid using on your fire. Not only will your fire well let’s just say…be rubbish, but it can also be potentially harmful to you and the surrounding environment too.
- Poorly seasoned firewood will produce a lot of smoke which can be harmful if inhaled.
- Treated wood (painted, laminated, creosote soaked, pressure, or chemically treated wood) should not be put on a back garden fire again these can produce harmful smoke.
- Put rubbish in the bin, not onto your fire! Keep your fire pit or chiminea clean.
- Lighter fluid or any other accelerant. For a small garden fire, these are just not needed and can be a safety hazard as these can make your fire get out of hand quickly, you can create an easily manageable fire with kindling and firefighters.
What is the best wood for fire pit kindling?
We would suggest that Cedarwood is a fantastic wood for kindling as it burns quickly with a lot of heat! Easy to get your main wood stack going. The fact that Cedarwood burns so hot and quick, we do not recommend it as the main fire pit fuel source. Just use it to start your fire.
Softwoods are better as kindling as they burn quickly. If you are able, see what’s on your property and start collecting a dry kindling stock. We recommend EcoBlaze kiln-dried kindling which you can buy online and comes in a handy storage box.
- Our Kindling is a wood burning essential perfect for wood burners, stoves, campfires, glamping, pizza ovens, chimeneas & more
- Kiln-dried for instant lighting, makes lighting a fire a breeze
- Easy storing box, made out of more environmentally friendly cardboard
- Typically 120 kiln dried sticks per box
- Ready to Burn accreditation
How to light the perfect fire
You will need; Firelighters, kindling, and logs.
- Put a firelighter in the centre of your fire pit if you want to make a larger fire then use two. Place a couple of bits of kindling on either side of the firelighter.
- Abit like Jenga! Stack two more bits of kindling, make sure that they are in the opposite direction to the first two, on top. make sure to leave a gap in the centre of the stack.
- Next make a third layer of kindling, stacked in the alternate direction to your previous two, continue on if you feel like your fire pit needs it. If you only placed one firelighter in the centre of your stack at the start, you might want to place another one at a different point in your kindling stack.
- It’s time to light your firelighters, make sure that you start with the furthest ones away from you first. Allow the fire to start on kindling. Next, carefully place a log on top of the kindling stack once you are happy that there is a stable flame.
- Allow the log to take the flame and begin burning properly before you add any further logs to the fire.
- Finally, add more logs to the fire as needed.
We hope this helps you when choosing wood for your fire pit. Let us know if you love getting cosy around a fire pit too in the comments, we certainly do!