The Firewood Enthusiast's Handbook on BTU Ratings

The Firewood Enthusiast's Handbook on BTU Ratings


In the realm of firewood, not all logs are created equal. Beyond the crackle and warmth, the key to a roaring fire lies in the BTU content of the wood. As a premier firewood provider, Corrin Kiln Dried Firewood Co. is here to guide you through the world of Firewood BTU and help you elevate your fires to the next level.

Types of Firewood: Green, Seasoned, and Kiln-Dried

Before delving into the intricacies of BTU values, it's essential to understand the different types of firewood available: green, seasoned, and kiln-dried.

Green Firewood: The Unripe Option

As the name suggests, green firewood is freshly cut and has not been drying. While it might be readily available, burning green wood is not the most efficient choice. The moisture content is high, leading to more effort to ignite and sustain a fire. Additionally, the energy produced could be more consistent due to the water present in the wood.

Seasoned Firewood: A Step in the Right Direction

Seasoned firewood has been left to air-dry for a specific period, reducing its moisture content. This makes it a more favorable option than green wood. With a lower moisture content, seasoned firewood ignites more efficiently and produces a more consistent and efficient burn. However, there's still room for improvement in terms of BTU value.

Kiln-Dried Firewood: The Gold Standard

Kiln-dried firewood is the top-tier choice for those seeking optimal BTU values and a superior burning experience. The moisture content is drastically reduced through a controlled drying process in a kiln, resulting in wood ready to burn efficiently. Kiln-dried firewood offers the highest BTU content, providing more heat and a longer-lasting fire than green or seasoned options.

BTU Values of Wood Species

Firewood BTU of Western Hardwood Species

Species Million BTU's per Cord Pounds Per Cord (Green) Pounds Per Cord (Dry)
Live Oak 36.6 7870 4840
Eucalyptus 34.5 7320 4560
Manzanita 32.0 N/A N/A
Pacific Madrone 30.9 6520 4086
Dogwood 30.4 6520 4025
Oregon White Oak 28.0 6290 3710
Tanoak 27.5 6070 3650
California Black Oak 27.4 5725 3625
Pepperwood (Myrtle) 26.1 5730 3450
Chinquapin 24.7 4720 3450
Bigleaf Maple 22.7 4940 3000
Red Alder 19.5 4100 2600
Quaking Aspen 18.0 3880 2400
Cottonwood 16.8 3475 2225



    Firewood BTU Chart - Western Softwood Species

    Species Million BTU’s per Cord Pounds Per Cord (Green) Pounds Per Cord (Dry)
    Douglas Fir 26.5 5050 3075
    Western Juniper 26.4 5410 3050
    Western Hemlock 24.4 5730 2830
    Port Orford Cedar 23.4 4370 2700
    Lodgepole Pine 22.3 4270 2580
    Ponderosa Pine 21.7 4270 2520
    Jeffery Pine 21.7 4270 2520
    Sitka Spruce 21.7 4100 2520
    White Fir 21.1 3190 2400
    Red Fir 20.6 4040 2400
    Incense Cedar 20.1 3880 2350
    Coast Redwood 20.1 4040 2330
    Grand Fir 20.1 3880 2330
    Sugar Pine 19.6 3820 2270





    Species Million BTU’s per Cord Pounds Per Cord Dry
    Osage Orange 32.9 4728
    Shagbark Hickory 27.7 4327
    Eastern Hornbeam 27.1 4016
    Black Birch 26.8 3890
    Black Locust 26.8 3890
    Blue Beech 26.8 3890
    Ironwood 26.8 3890
    Bitternut Hickory 26.5 3832
    Honey Locust 26.5 4100
    Apple 25.8 3712
    Mulberry 25.7 4012
    Beech 24.0 3757
    Northern Red Oak 24.0 3757
    Sugar Maple 24.0 3757
    White Oak 24.0 3757
    White Ash 23.6 3689
    Yellow Birch 21.8 3150
    Red Elm 21.6 3112


    What is the Best BTU Firewood?

    Now that we've covered the basics of firewood types let's explore what makes a firewood type the best regarding BTU values.

    BTU, or British Thermal Unit, measures the amount of heat energy a fuel source produces. In firewood, higher BTU values equate to more heat and a longer-lasting fire.

    Kiln-dried firewood stands out as the clear winner in the BTU race. With its low moisture content, kiln-dried logs can reach higher temperatures more quickly, providing a more efficient and enjoyable fire experience. The absence of excess water in the wood means more energy is dedicated to producing heat, making kiln-dried firewood the best choice for those who value warmth and longevity in their fires.

    In contrast, green and seasoned firewood may have lower BTU values due to their higher moisture content. While seasoned wood is an improvement over green wood, it still falls short of the superior BTU values offered by kiln-dried firewood.

    Where to Buy Kiln Dried Firewood?

    Now that you're convinced of the benefits of kiln-dried firewood, the next question is where to find the best quality logs.

    Look no further than Corrin Kiln Dried Firewood Co.

    With a commitment to providing the highest quality firewood, Corrin Kiln Dried Firewood Co. is your go-to source for premium kiln-dried logs. Elevate your fires by choosing wood that maximizes BTU values, ensuring a warm and cozy atmosphere in your home.

    How to Order:

    Online Convenience:

    Visit our website to browse our selection of kiln-dried firewood. Place your order effortlessly with just a few clicks and deliver it to your doorstep.

    Phone Orders:

    Would you prefer a more personal touch? Call us at 302-656-6077 to speak with our knowledgeable staff. They'll guide you through ordering and help you select the perfect firewood for your needs.

    Delivery Information:

    Enjoy the convenience of free delivery within 20 miles of 19801. We offer competitive rates for locations beyond this radius at only $3 per additional mile. At Corrin Kiln Dried Firewood Co., we're dedicated to making the process as seamless as possible, ensuring you have access to the best kiln-dried firewood for your burning and cooking needs.

    Take the first step toward a warmer and more inviting space by choosing Corrin Kiln Dried Firewood Co. as your trusted source for premium kiln-dried firewood.

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