Have you installed a new open fireplace or wood burner to protect yourself from the chilly South African winter? Now is the time to do your research to understand what kind of wood to buy and from where. There are various varieties of firewood that we can find in South Africa. However, choosing the right firewood depends on the intensity and longevity that you require for your specific needs.
Gumtree demystifies the science behind wood burning in home fireplaces.
- Long-burning wood types such as Namibian Kameeldoring and Sekeldoring are dense and have lower moisture content as they grow in dry climates. When burnt, these hardwoods reach extremely high temperatures and are perfect for indoor use as they produce lower amounts of smoke. They provide high levels of residual heat, keeping the home warmer for longer.
- The perfect wood for closed combustion fireplaces is a well-seasoned Bluegum that produces high heat and low levels of smoke. Well-seasoned wood has had months and months to dry out, making it an excellent choice for indoor burners or fireplaces.
- It is not recommended to burn softwoods indoors as they can contain pockets of sap and resin, which are highly flammable and can cause dangerous accidents. Apart from this, softwoods have more moisture in them, producing large amounts of smoke. Apart from affecting our health, it can also damage the chimney and create creosote, which is a type of wood tar that is toxic.
- Other wood types to avoid in your indoor fireplace include Rooikrans, driftwoods, poisonous plants and wood from unknown origins. These may be harmful as they produce large amounts of smoke, toxic fumes and the like.
Now that you’ve got the knowledge, it’s time to shop! Head to gumtree.co.za or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android) and don’t forget to use your location settings to find local fireplace information close to home.