WHAT WOOD TO USE FOR YOUR FIRE
Choosing the best firewood for your fire is all dependent on what kind of fire you are making. The right wood type plays such a big role in the outcome of your fire.
But Most Important You Want DRY Wood
Hard wood is considered the best for braaing, because its density and low moisture content mean it produces a higher temperature over a longer cooking time. Hard wood is also easy to light and makes less smoke.
Kameeldoring is often referred to as ‘The Rolls Royce’ of braai wood. It has the lowest moisture levels of any of the hard wood, forms extremely hot coals in approximately 1 hour and can be used inside and outside for cooking and grilling for many hours thereafter.
Rooikraans produces coals in around 40 minutes and can be used for cooking for up to an hour. It also smokes so adds a smoky flavour to your meat. Sekelbos is extremely parched and dry and thus lights very easy as well as giving off a lovely musky and aromatic aroma, which will imbue into your food when braaing, giving a distinctive and delicious flavour.
Black Wattle is classified as alien vegetation and is thus the eco-friendly option. Softer than other hard woods, it produces good coals that burn long and hot, and it gives meat a smoky taste.
PIZZA OVEN WOOD
Blue Gum is the most efficient and economical choice for your home or commercial pizza oven. Long lasting, resin free and providing a continuous heat for perfect pizzas every time.
INDOOR OPEN FIREPLACES
There is no limitation to the type of woods one can burn in an open fireplace. As long as your chimney is cleaned each year and your vents are working correctly, your choices are then endless. For the most economical burning, we recommend blue gum or black wattle. Both are alien, very thirsty trees, and have been designated for removal anywhere near natural water sources. Blue Gum is a hard, dense log from the Eucalyptus family, long lasting and burns longer before creating a fire heart. Black Wattle is a slightly softer wood, easier to ignite and thus, is excellent hot burning firewood that was traditionally prized for wood fired bakers ovens. It also lends itself to occasional braaing as it creates small residual coals.
GLASS FRONTED ENCLOSED UNITS & STOVES
Glass fronted heaters such as Morso, Heat & Glo, Jet Master, Heat Glo and the cast iron heating stoves (Franco Belge and Earth Fire Ceramic stoves) must be treated with the respect they deserve. Never use pine for example in one of these units, as pine produces a resin which leaves an invisible film inside the flue pipe which becomes a serious fire hazard over time. Kameeldoring should not be used solely in a glass fronted unit as the coals produced become so hot that over time, the metal of the unit will bend and the glass door can crack. Black Wattle and Blue Gum can be used alone or mixed and will create a beautifully constant source of heat.
All our wood products come with our unique Dry Guarantee. Logs are classed as dry if they have a moisture content reading of below 17%. The optimum moisture content for economical combustion and warmth production is between 13%-17%. Lower than 12% will burn too quickly, especially in an enclosed unit. Over 18% moisture content means the logs will be more difficult to ignite and will blacken the screen of a glass fronted unit. In order to achieve our optimum moisture content range, our logs are chopped then seasoned through at least two years lying in fields where they are exposed to the elements. Repeated exposure to rain, wind and sun is what seasons/dries our logs. Seasoning is the process of reducing the natural moisture content in wood, resulting in less smoke and a more uniform combustion when used as firewood. Seasoning is the traditional method for drying wood and can take between 18-24 months. Air flow through the stack is the key to removing moisture through evaporation. We are so sure that our logs contain this optimum moisture content that we will replace, refund or swap anything that falls outside of this range.