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Timber Ridge Summer Campfires 101

by | Jun 1, 2023

Timber Ridge Firewood prepares its seasonally available Summer Campfire Mix from a woodcut by our local Arborist Company, Timber Ridge Tree Service. Our summer camping mix is a mix of spruce, white pine, and jack pine. We want to break down the types of wood we are offering, as well as why they are ideal for campfires this coming summer in Alberta.

Why is spruce wood good for campfires?

Spruce wood is a popular choice for campfires for several reasons. Firstly, it is a softwood that burns easily and quickly, which makes it ideal for getting a fire started. Additionally, spruce wood tends to produce a lot of heat, making it useful for cooking or keeping warm on a chilly evening.

Spruce wood also tends to be readily available in many camping areas, as it is a common type of tree in many regions around the world. Its needles and cones can also be used as kindling to start a fire, making it a convenient and efficient choice for campfires.

However, it’s important to note that when gathering wood for a campfire, you should always follow local regulations and guidelines to avoid damaging the environment or creating a fire hazard.

Additionally, it’s important to never leave a campfire unattended and to properly extinguish it before leaving the area.

Why is white pine good for campfires?

White pine is another type of softwood that is often used for campfires. Like spruce, white pine is easy to ignite and burns quickly, making it useful for getting a fire started. It also produces a pleasant aroma when burned, which can enhance the camping experience.

One advantage of using white pine for campfires is that it produces less smoke than some other types of wood. This can be beneficial if you are in an area with poor ventilation or if you are trying to minimize the amount of smoke that you produce.

Another benefit of white pine is that it tends to be relatively abundant in many regions, which can make it a convenient and economical choice for campfires. However, as with any type of wood, it’s important to gather it responsibly and follow local regulations and guidelines to prevent damage to the environment.

Overall, white pine can be a good choice for campfires if you are looking for a softwood that is easy to ignite, produces minimal smoke, and is readily available in your area.

What is the difference between white pine and jack pine firewood?

White pine and jack pine are two different species of pine trees, and as such, there are some differences between them when it comes to their use as firewood.

White pine is a softwood that is known for burning cleanly and producing minimal smoke. It is relatively easy to split and produces a moderate amount of heat, making it a good choice for cooking or for keeping warm on a cool evening. White pine firewood also has a pleasant aroma when burned.

Jack pine, on the other hand, is a denser and harder wood than white pine. It is known for producing a lot of heat and burning for a long time, making it a good choice for use in wood stoves or as a source of heat in colder climates. However, jack pine tends to produce more smoke than white pine, which can be a consideration if you are using it in an area with poor ventilation.

In general, the choice between white pine and jack pine firewood will depend on your specific needs and preferences. If you are looking for a softer wood that burns cleanly and produces less smoke, white pine may be the better choice. If you need a denser wood that produces a lot of heat and burns for a long time, jack pine may be the way to go.

What is the best mix for a summer campfire?

The best mix for a summer campfire depends on your specific needs and the type of wood that is available in your area. However, as a general guideline, a good mix for a summer campfire might include a combination of softwoods and hardwoods.

Softwoods, such as spruce or pine, are good for getting a fire started quickly because they burn easily and produce a lot of heat. They also tend to produce less ash than hardwoods. Hardwoods, such as oak or maple, produce a longer-lasting and hotter fire than softwoods, and they also tend to produce more coals, which can be useful for cooking over the fire.

A good ratio for a summer campfire might be about 70% softwood and 30% hardwood. This mix will help the fire get started quickly and produce enough heat for cooking and warmth, while also providing longer-lasting coals for cooking later in the evening. Timber Ridge Firewood makes it easy for you with our Alberta Premium Firewood Summer Campfire Mix now available.

It’s important to always follow local regulations and guidelines when gathering wood for a campfire and to use caution when starting and maintaining the fire. Never leave a campfire unattended, and always make sure that the fire is properly extinguished before leaving the area.


About Timber Ridge Firewood

Timber Ridge Firewood is a family-owned and operated firewood company that offers our services to Calgary and surrounding areas. Nicholas and Steven Boivin are the founders and owners of the company. We work diligently to create the easiest and best firewood experience for all of our clients.