Firewood Logs

Firewood Facts

– The Hardwood or Softwood Question!

In Ireland, there is always a bit of a discussion about whether to use either softwood or hardwood. But the main issue could be whether your firewood is seasoned or not – as the difference in burn time is cancelled out by the price difference.

If your fireplace or stove is connected to your heating system, then hardwood could be worth the premium.

If your fireplace or stove isn’t connected to the heating system, then softwood could be what you prefer for a quicker heat.

hardwood or softwood logs

Firewood Sources and Supplies

The firewood is sourced in many different ways.

Hardwood comes mainly from tree surgery and from forestry operations. Softwood comes from managed forestry, tree surgery and also from rejected timber from the sawmill industry.

Because of our planting history, most of the forests – both state and private – have been predominantly planted with softwood for commercial production.