The Best Wood for Your Fire Pit

The Best Wood for Your Fire Pit

As the sun sets, within this natural tranquility, we feel a primal pull. Fire, with its warm and vibrant glow, pulls friends and family into a circle of light and connection. As the first spark leaps into existence, a radiant blaze unfurls, its ethereal glow recounting tales of ancient gatherings and timeless bonds. 

This elemental experience is heightened by the choice of the wood fueling the flames. Your wood silently shapes the aroma and the steadfast heat of the embracing flames. The right wood ensures the fire's longevity, allowing for extended enjoyment and companionship in the soft glow of the embers. 

Embark upon this guide to unearth the secret to selecting the ultimate wood for your fire pit, each one promising to enhance the luxurious allure of fire, offering not just warmth but an enriched experience that lingers beyond the final ember.

What Makes the Perfect Wood for a Fire Pit?

The significance of meticulously dried wood cannot be overstated. The perfect wood holds low moisture, unlocking a blaze that burns brighter and hotter, mirroring the wood’s true essence. A dampened, inferior choice churns out excess smoke, dwindling inefficiently with an unsavory scent, masking the wood's authentic aroma.

Expertly dried wood stands above the rest, keeping the wood free of rot, pests, and fungal growth to ensure a clean, uninhibited burn. High-caliber wood, dense and arid, ignites with grace, its flames painting a vivid tableau of warmth and comfort fueled by the intrinsic vitality of the chosen timber. 

Which Wood Is the Best For Your Fire Pit?

In the quest for the quintessential flame, understand the unique traits of diverse woods to amplify the ancestral echo of gatherings around the fire. 

Hickory Firewood

Hickory firewood, known for its high energy output, crafts a fire of exceptional warmth and longevity, allowing you to bask in its heat for extended periods. Its rich aroma infuses the air, providing a sensory experience that transcends the ordinary, transporting you to the vast, untamed forests where the essences of earth and fire unite. Hickory also has a little less smoke than oak.

Oak Firewood

Engulf yourself in the resilient and steady burn of oak firewood. Its dense nature ensures a fire that stands the test of time, keeping the chilling air at bay as you relish the ethereal glow of its flames. Its subtle yet distinctive scent sets the scene for relaxing evenings beneath the stars, enveloping you in a blanket of calm and gentle warmth.

Cherry Firewood

And in the tender hush of evening, let cherry firewood's unique allure unfold. The soft and sweet fragrance lingers as a romantic, gentle red glow bathes intimate gatherings in an ethereal light. It's an invitation to a graceful embrace, an evening of captivation in the delicate glow of cherry's flames. Cherry Firewood also has almost no smoke when Ultra Kiln Dried.

Apple Firewood

Our speciality apple firewood is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser! If you appreciate a more subtle aroma when sitting around the fire pit or fireplace, our premium apple firewood is a great pick. Because it burns less intensely than hickory firewood, it creates a more calming fire to gather around.

Tips To Enjoy the Perfect Fire

Crafting the ultimate fire experience requires more than just choosing premier wood. It's about mastery in handling and setting up the wood for the optimal burn. 

Firewood should be elevated off the ground with intentional gaps between the logs for ventilation. Our firewood racks ensure your firewood is stored for maximum airflow, keeping each piece dry and in optimal condition while also looking great in your living room or your backyard setup.

Ignite our uniform-cut firewood effortlessly with a single match, removing any struggle in the fire-starting process and granting you more moments bathed in the glow. For an optimal burn, use our fire-starting kit, which includes our superior Excelsior Firestarters and kindling. Embrace a hassle-free experience by your fireplace or fire pit.

To sustain the blaze, lay the wood in a criss-cross pattern, letting oxygen circulate, ensuring a steady, captivating burn. The dryness of each wood piece is crucial for maintaining the high temperature and consistent warmth, pushing away the night’s chill. Experience a seamless, minimal smoke burn, a nod to the unmatched quality of our ultra kiln dried wood, positioning it as the pinnacle of luxury and finesse in fueling your fire pit experience.

What if There Is Smoke Coming From My Fire Pit?

Smoke billowing from your fire pit can dull the delightful experience of absorbing the ethereal glow of the flames. This smoke often results from burning wood with excessive moisture content, found in both green and seasoned wood. The moisture forces the wood to burn at a lower temperature, leading to incomplete combustion and releasing unburned particles in the form of smoke. 

Address this by opting for our high-caliber firewood, crafted for a low-smoke, pleasurable fireside experience, ensuring that you remain undisturbed and wholly immersed in the moment. 

What Does “Kiln Dried” Mean?

While green wood is freshly cut and full of moisture, and seasoned wood is air-dried but can still retain up to 20% moisture and attract pests, kiln dried wood is heated in a kiln to reduce moisture content. In this environment, the temperature can be carefully controlled for optimal dryness while also protecting the wood from pests and fungal growth. However, not all kiln dried wood shares the same caliber. 

Many places dry their wood for only a few hours at 160 degrees or lower. At Cutting Edge Firewood, we utilize a rigorous drying process that overshadows the rest.

What Makes Cutting Edge Firewood Different?

At Cutting Edge Firewood, we meticulously kiln dry our wood beyond the conventional standards, basking in heat at 250 degrees for an unyielding 48 hours, ensuring a moisture content of just five to 10 percent. This ultra kiln dried process promises an effortless ignition and a longer and more robust burn.

After undergoing this drying process, each individual piece of wood is hand-selected by artisans dedicated to bringing you the zenith of firewood excellence. We then store our wood with utmost care, safeguarding its unparalleled quality, ensuring it is hand-delivered to you in pristine condition, ready to fuel your fire and elevate your experience.

The Bottom Line

In the final embers of reflection, the essence of the perfect fire pit experience unfurls in the wisps of smoke, the radiant glow, and the enveloping warmth. With Cutting Edge Firewood, you are not just igniting a fire; you are kindling a legacy of timeless gatherings, of ancient connections, and of the earth’s generous embrace.

Whether you choose hearty hickory, subtle oak, or enticing cherry wood for your fire pit, each kindles a unique dialogue with the elements, a harmonious collaboration that transcends the ordinary to make every fire-lit moment a cherished memory.


Average moisture content of green wood, by species | ResearchGate

Moisture Content of 'Seasoned' Firewood | University of Tennessee

Insects in Firewood | Purdue University

Dry kiln schedules for commercial woods : temperate and tropical | US Forest Service Research and Development

About The Author

Leroy Hite

Leroy Hite is the founder and CEO of Cutting Edge Firewood, an ultra-premium firewood and cooking wood company located in Atlanta, Georgia. Leroy's mission is to give people the experience of the perfect fire because some of life’s best memories are made in the warmth of a fire’s glow. He founded Cutting Edge Firewood in 2013 with a goal to provide unmatched quality wood and unparalleled customer service nationwide. The company offers premium kiln-dried firewood, cooking wood, and pizza wood in a wide variety of species and cuts to customers around the country.