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    Firewood Type and Burning Efficiency
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    Firewood Experiments and Studies


      Hardwood and softwood, main wood types, have the same energy content and similar heat outputs, but the main difference is in the rate at which the fuel burns.

      Fresh-cut wood will contain much moisture; this wood is not a good candidate for use. For good heat results dry wood should be used instead.

      Background Information

    • Wood fuel - Wikipedia [View Resource]
    • Some facts about using wood as a heating fuel. [View Resource]
    • What are the best types of wood to burn in my wood stove? [View Resource]
    • Wood Burning FAQs Straight Answers to Burning Questions: Quick Tips For Cleaner, More Efficient Wood Heat [View Resource]
    • Burning Firewood For Maximum Efficiency [View Resource]
    • Wood-Burning Power Plants - Carbon-Neutral or High Carbon Emitters? - Scientific American [View Resource]
    • Burning the right wood, the right way, in the right wood-burning appliance to protect your home, health, and the air we breathe - EPA [View Resource]
    • Wood and Pellet Heating [View Resource]
    • Wood and Combustion Heat Values [View Resource]

      K-12 Experiments, Labs, Lesson Plans and Science Fair Projects

    • Wood Energy Science Fair Projects and Experiments [View Experiment]
    • Which Kind of Wood Burns Slower? [View Experiment]
    • Which Kind of Wood Burns Faster? [View Experiment]
    • Does Density Affect a Wood's Combustion Rate? [View Experiment]
    • Which Wood Burns the Longest? [View Experiment]
    • Which Type of Wood, Hardwood or Softwood, Will Burn the Fastest? [View Experiment]
    • Energy Efficiency World - Teacher’s Guide [View Experiment]
    • Capturing heat: Five Earth-Friendly Cooking Technologies and How to Build Them [View Experiment]

      College Experiments, Labs, Studies and Articles

    • Emission of PCDD/F, PCB, and HCB from Combustion of Firewood and Pellets in Residential Stoves and Boilers [View Experiment]
    • Experimental investigation of the fluid dynamics in wood combustion processes [View Experiment]
    • A Report on Some Heat Transfer Experiments [View Experiment]
    • Efficiency study of a contraflow masonry wood­burning heater [View Experiment]
    • Wood Biomass for Energy [View Experiment]
    • Wood-Chip Heating Systems [View Experiment]
    • Thermal Energy, Electricity, and Transportation Fuels from Wood [View Experiment]

      Theses and Dissertations

    • Bamboo as a source of bioenergy feedstock in Ghana [View Thesis]
    • Microwave drying of flax fibre and straw and study of the straw’s use in a firelog [View Thesis]
    • Study on biogas energy production from leaves of justicia [View Thesis]


    • Portable fireplace heating unit (US Patent 4026264, 1977) [View Patent]
    • Manually mobile firewood log splitter (US Patent 4362194, 1982) [View Patent]
    • Biomass gasification system (US Patent 7228806, 2007) [View Patent]

      See Also

    • Wood Fuel & Energy [View Experiment]

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