The best wood for your Woodsman.

When it comes to wood-burning fires, the type of wood you use matters. It matters because it affects the performance and efficiency of your wood fire.

Here's our list.

Some wood burns hotter and longer, while others produce more smoke and ash. Learn which type of wood is right for you, so you can get the most out of it and more importantly, have it run safely in your home.


This is of the best types of wood you can use. Macrocarpa is known for its high heat output and long burn time. It's also an eco-friendly option as it’s a fast-growing tree species that is native to New Zealand. Macrocarpa is also a hardwood, which means it is less likely to spark and creates less ash compared to softwoods.

Douglas Fir

Another great option. This wood is also known for its high heat output, long burn time and low ash. As well, it’s a fast-growing tree species which means it’s a sustainable option.

Pine and Radiata Pine

Popular choices for woodfires in New Zealand. However, ‘old man pine’ is not recommended as it contains high levels of resin. This can create creosote, a sticky byproduct of burning that can clog your chimney and create a fire hazard.

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It's also important that your wood is seasoned or dried for at least six months before burning. Fresh or green wood contains high moisture content, which can create smoke and reduce the overall efficiency of your fire.

When you’re choosing wood over the summer, you need to consider the heat output, burn time, and ash production of different types of wood. Pine, Macrocarpa and Douglas Fir are the best options that offer high heat output, long burn time, and low ash production.