Which logs are best depends on your appliance and what you’re using them for. We'll answer
- Which logs are best for my log burner?
- Which logs are best for my pizza oven?
- Which logs are best for my fire pit?
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Which logs are best for my log burner?
The best logs for a log burner are any hardwood, properly kiln dried logs that are cut to the right size.
Softwood logs might seem tempting as they’re often cheaper than hardwood logs, but they are a false economy. They will burn through quickly so you’ll use more, and they will be much smokier than hardwood which is not good for your log burner.
Always make sure you buy properly dry hardwood logs, with a maximum of 20% moisture content. You can read more around moisture content and why it’s important here but in a nutshell it will mean your logs will light easily, burn hotter and emit less smoke which is better for you and your appliance.
When you’re looking for the best logs for your log burner, you might be tempted to try different species of wood. They do all have slightly different burning properties, but it won’t make a great deal of difference in a log burner. As long as they’re hardwood and dried to below 20% moisture, they should work for you
- Ash is a good all rounder which lights easily and burns well. Most British ash is currently being felled out due to Ash Dieback disease meaning it’s easy to get hold of for firewood at the moment, but may be extinct in the UK within the next 10 years
- Beech lights easily and burns very hot. It burns through slighter quicker than some of the other species, but it leaves a great bed of embers which will continue to warm the room after the wood has burnt away
- Oak is more dense and therefore harder to get properly dry. It is likely to be harder to light, but once lit will burn for the longest time, but not the highest temperature
At Love Logs, most of our Kiln-Dried British Logs and Hobbit Logs are a mix of ash and beech.
The next thing you need to consider is size – what is the maximum length log that will fit in your stove?
At Love Logs, we do three different lengths – our ‘Box of British Kiln-Dried Logs’ are approx. 25cm long and fit around 90% of wood burning stoves. However, if you have a smaller stove such as a Salamander, Anevay or Outbacker stove, you’ll want to look for a shorter log. Our Hobbit Logs come in two lengths – 20cm and 15cm so you can find the one that’s right for you and your log burner.
Once you’ve chosen the best logs for your log burner, don’t forget you need kindling and decent, natural firelighters to get your fire started without any hassle. Our Wood Burner Fuel Kits contain both.
Struggling with how to use your log burner? Check out The Dos and Don’ts of Using Your Log Burner
Which logs are best for my pizza oven?
The best wood for pizza ovens is hardwood as softwood will burn too quickly and leave too much ash. The best size logs for your pizza oven depend on which type and model of oven you have. An Ooni Fyra takes different fuel to the Gozney Dome which is totally different to a large, custom built oven. We cover them all in our table Which Wood Is Right for My Pizza Oven
Which logs are best for my fire pit?
Hands up who’s had a fun night around the fire pit ruined with smoke billowing in your face?
That was probably due to soggy logs.
When wood is burned with too high a moisture content, it’s hard to get a good fire going. Wet or damp logs don’t burn as hot and they emit a lot more soot and smoke than dry wood – why would you bother??
The best logs for your fire pit are any hardwood logs, dried to below 20% moisture so they burn with very little smoke. There will always be some smoke when burning wood, but you should be able to sit close to the fire and carry a conversation without coughing or your eyes streaming.
Logs burned outside will burn through more quickly than in an indoor fireplace or log burner due to the wind, so make sure you have plenty of logs on hand to keep your fire topped up and roaring throughout the night.
At Love Logs, our Fire Pit Fuel Kits contain a mix of ash and beech hardwood British logs, dried to below 20% moisture, and enough kindling and firelighters for a few nights around the fire pit.
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