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Fire­wood is not cheap to buy. Cur­rently peo­ple in the South are pay­ing about $50/square me­tre. There­fore it is a mat­ter of eco­nomic im­por­tance to find out what wood gives the best heat for value. It is gen­er­ally ac­cepted that var­i­ous woods have dif­fer­ent burn­ing char­ac­ter­is­tics and also that mois­ture con­tent of that wood is a ma­jor fac­tor in burn­ing and heat ef­fi­ciency. As long as the wood be­ing burned in the fire is to­tally dry and burns hot the ac­tual type of wood to be burned is the next prob­lem to be faced. Macro­carpa, gum, sy­camore and manuka are high­den­sity hard­woods that burn long and hot. These are among the most ex­pen­sive to buy. Be­fore or­der­ing any of these woods check that the wood be­ing de­liv­ered to you has been thor­oughly sea­soned.

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