What is the best firewood Vancouver?

At Vancouver Firewood we are often asked by customers what is the best wood for burning in a fireplace or insert. In our opinion the answer is Arbutus but the real answer is dependant on where you live. In our region the best and most readily available species of wood for burning in your fireplace is Fir, Big Leaf Maple or Alder. In terms of burning qualities they are nearly identical.

Fir | Abies

Fir is a species of evergreen coniferous tree that can be found throughout most of the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia and even North Africa. Most commonly you will find it in or mountain ranges and can grow up to 80 meters tall. As a heating source, it generates between 22 and 28 million btu’s per cord. If you intend on using Fir as your main heating source this winter, expect to burn through 3-5 cords per season.

Big Leaf Maple | Acer macrophyllum

Big Leaf Maple is commonly referred to in the United States as Oregon Maple and is the fastest growing species of Maple on the planet. Big Leaf Maple grows tall, fast and holds a place in the deciduous tree family under the genus Acer. As a heating source, Big Leaf Maple generates between 23 and 26 million btu’s per cord and can be found in the Pacific regions of Canada and Northern Pacific regions of the United States including Alaska and the northern tip of California.

Red Alder | Alnus rubra

Red Alder is the largest species of Alder found in North America and one of the largest on earth. Reaching an average height of 20 meters, it can grow up to 35 meters. Red Alder gets its name from the reddish or rusty colour it turns after being bruised or cut. Well known for its symbiotic relationship with the soil, Red Alder can dramatically improve the quality of dirt by releasing large amounts of organic Nitrogen through its roots. As a heating source, Red Alder generates between 19-25 million btu’s per cord and is readily available to residents of Western British Columbia, Southern Alaska and the northwestern coastal mountain ranges of Washington into Idaho.