Here is a list of the most common types of trees being cut down in Saskatoon, and some insight on how they burn.
- Birch - Is a great choice of hardwood when you are looking for quick heat. It ignites with ease, makes for great kindling and it produces an astounding amount of heat. The drawback is that it burns very quickly, and if you are using this for heating your home, you will need to tend to it much more frequently then some of the other woods on this list.
- Oak - Is the most desirable firewood available to us. It burns very slowly and generates a enormous amount of heat. A couple of the downsides of oak is that it generally takes a while longer for the wood to fully season, and when it is completely dried out, it is quite hard to ignite. Using a different type of kindling is recommended.
- Maple - Is readily available and burns even longer then both birch and oak. Once seasoned and ready for burning, the only drawback is that it doesn't burn as hot as other woods. For the best results, try burning maple, oak and birch all together.
- Pine - There are a number of advantages to using softwoods as fire woods. It's easy to split, the cure time is short, and it burns hot. On the flip side, it burns very quickly causing you to add frequently, and with sap pockets inside the wood, one must be careful for sparks.
- Cedar - Very similar characteristics as pine. It has a high burning temperature, but in turn burns very quickly. It also has sap stored inside the wood which will make it spark regularly, and is recommended to be burnt with other woods as well.