Is hemlock good firewood for woodstove burning

by Ed Baker
(Delaware)

I was able to get about 2 unsplit cords for free.I am wanting to know how you rate this type of wood for burning in a woodstove. Thanks!


Answer

Ed,

Hemlock is not a great species for firewood, but it certainly has its place. It's heating value is similar to pine. It won't burn as well as most hardwoods, but it's alright to use for campfires and to mix with other superior hardwood species for burning in a wood stove. Also, hemlock is suitable for those spring and fall fires when you are just looking to take the chill out of the house.

Because it is free, I do recommend that you use it. However, I certainly wouldn't pay normal firewood prices for a load of hemlock firewood.

I hope this helps!

-Firewood Matt

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Oct 28, 2012
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by: maineiac

I have used hemlock from my land for years. it does burn longer and cleaner than pine.i mix in about 25 percent hemlock to my load of wood per burn. cleaned chimney once in 15 years. my fires are small and hot! no stuffing the stove and cutting back the air.i like seeing nice blue flame, often it looks like a propane stove

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