Firewood Supplies in Whangarei

If you own a wood burner or open fireplace you’ll know that there is firewood and firewood and sometimes what you buy is not what you really wanted.  In Northland trees grow fast so we are not short of quality firewood, but it’s still wise to consider the nature of fire you want before buying wood.   Is it a summer fire on a mildly chilly night or maybe you want a certain ambience in the home, or maybe you want something to cook that snapper on in your batch.  These will be cooler fires, faster burning and with a lot of residual ash. They will leave a greater amount of soot in your chimney and will be cheaper to buy….you could call it a cold mix.  It will be composed of timbers like totara sapwood, willow,  macrocarpa and various other conifers including the common pine, lusitanica and Norfolk Pine.

Conversely you may want a hot fire to keep the chill out in winter and drive the wet back. A fire like this will burn slow and produce a lot of heat. If you have had a lot of cooler fires you need to be aware of the possibility of a hot fire igniting the sooty residue left behind in the flue / chimney.  This can be dangerous if your fireplace / woodburner is not set up correctly and you may wish to consider getting it cleaned before having really hot fires.  The timbers used in this sort of fire are harder and denser.  They are sometimes the resin saturated heartwood from species producing firewood more commonly included in a cold mix.  For example, totara heartwood.  Other species more commonly in this hot mix grouping include Pururi, Manuka, Kanuka, walnut, oak, maple, camphor, acacia, wattle and all species of eucalypt.

Inspect the wood before purchasing if you can.  Wood that is stored outside for too long may have higher levels of insect infestation, rot, fungal growth and residual moisture content.  Some species like pine are more prone to this sort of problem than, say Totara and older heartwood also seems to enjoy a greater resilience to such issues. This is not uncommon with other Podocarp also, (genius of conifer endemic to New Zealand).

The wood from some trees is just not worth considering at all regardless of the style of fire you want.  Cabbage trees, palms, flame trees and ferns for example should never be considered. They will only create a smouldering smoky mess.

Smoke from the fire entering the room has little to do with the wood being burnt and much more to do with a design of the fire box in an open fire place and in a woodburner, the heat actually being generated at that time. Some wood burners will generate a lot of smoke early on, but once the fire is really up and going and there is a good strong air flow up the flue,  smoke ingress will be eliminated.