Properties of firewood
Gavin Brock, Box Hill, Victoria, Australia
This information sheet is intended to provide information on the properties found in good firewood and to provide some indication as to how these properties affect the performance of firewood.
Wood is a natural substance and is subject to variation caused by many factors. The species and age of the tree, the climate in which it grows, and the effects of environmental events such as fire or flood can all impact on the timber produced by a tree. Table 1 shows the properties of some Victorian firewood species.