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Purveyors of quality birch and pine firewood for over 15 years
Alberta Firewood Depot
Firewood sales to the public, private and commercial sectors available for regular delivery anywhere in Calgary, Cochrane, Airdrie, Okotoks, High River, Crossfield and all other towns surrounding greater Calgary.
also have regular delivery runs to Canmore , Banff, Bragg Creek, Lethbridge,
Ft Macleod, Nanton and many other Southern & Central Alberta locations
including acreages and rural properties.
Alberta Firewood Depot
All About Firewood
Quality Firewood vs Cheap Firewood
of Wood. Getting the right quality
firewood is important. Firewood needs to be dry and seasoned properly
to burn correctly and with the most efficiency. When we say "dry" that
means the wood should be from 0% - 12%. This is the range where
firewood burns very well. However, too dry ( 0-6%) means it will
burn up faster.
Raven only uses standing
dead trees for our pine, fir and larch firewood, this is the best wood to burn as
it is often been drying for 5-10 years or more and because it is still
standing, it is off the ground and does not retain moisture in our
dry Alberta climate. We do not cut or use viable living trees or
use green wood for our firewood with the exception of birch.
There are many people in the firewood business whom scavenge fallen trees from the forest floor, use mill waste and other lower quality species of wood such as poplar and black spruce to mix in with their product. Often much of this wood is "punky" (dry rot) or riddled with insects and has very little BTUs left for providing heat.The same problem occurs if the wood is too moist.
If it's too dry
like lumber waste it can burn up too fast. This type of wood may be
OK for some people, but Raven only uses high quality wood as our market
demands the wood be ready to burn right out of the bag.
When you are comparing prices to to other suppliers that sell loose bulk firewood (about 95% of the others sell it loose) a cord is not the same ..loose firewood is almost always about 25-30 % less volume . Most places "guesstimate" what a cord is by skid steer loader buckets fulls or the size of truck dumpbox or trailer. This NOT even close to accurate, so if you find a "cord" of birch is $100 less than our price I would be very suspicious that you are not getting the same quantity.
Another thing to remember about our firewood compared to others is that our firewood is stacked on pallets and carefully aged, during this process it is covered during wet and snowy weather. Ever notice what the other guys are selling you ? ...dirty, wet wood that is left outside in piles on the ground where it rained on and the snow sits on it. Our wood is never in pile like that, it is cut and stacked, then covered to prevent it from soaking in snow and rain and the wood stays clean and dry.
A lot of care goes into our palletized firewood to maintain the correct conditions, never wet, always properly ventilated and free of dirt and bark. Our clients notice the difference and stick with year after year because the quality is predictable.
Our Raven Brand selected and properly aged firewood provides good economy for both heating and firepit enjoyment as the better quality provides long and hotter fires.
Birch vs Pine Firewood
Please note that birch firewood should not be used for campfires or backyard fire pits if you intent to cook marshmallows or meat over it. Birch smoke is mildly toxic and can contaminate your food. Pine is the best choice for campfires when cooking is involved. Pine also provides that wonderful crackling sound and birch doesn't, this makes pine the firewood of choice for outdoor use.
Birch is a good choice for fireplaces as it tends to burn longer with more BTUs. Birch also does not contribute to the creosote build-up in your chimney. Many people also enjoy using pine in their fireplaces as well, for the same reason as campfires, that wonderful crackling sound. Most people still use pine as the firewood of choice due to the lower price and good availability in Alberta
Douglas Fir - Known as one of the best all around firewoods in Canada. Fir like Larch is long burning with high heat output. It does produce a high lively flame with lots of loud snaps, crackles and pops..it will also shoot embers like pine. Good for cooking over and produces excellent long lasting coals. Superb in woodstoves and fireplaces, but also great in the firepit. Very low ash.
of Burning Wood
How do you know you're getting the correct amount ? - All of our cord measures are tight packed and are as close to the actual amount as is possible with such a variably sized product as split wood can be. We stack our cord measurments in a specific sized jig (1/3 cord, 1/2 cord, full cord ) by hand then load the firewood for each specific order onto the trucks as a seperate unit for deliviery to insure consistency.
Tight stacking is NOTa common practice in the firewood industry, most resellers will sell you "loose packed" cord measures dumped from a loader or tossed in from a pile, you can't be sure how much you're getting when the wood is sold this way. Many of our customers make the comment,"that cord looks like a lot more wood than I bought last time" (from another company) .
We've built our business on good value, service, quality firewood and accurate measurements.
What is a cord of firewood ? - A 'full'
cord measures 4 ft. x 4 ft. x 8 ft. and is the official, standard firewood
measure. This equals a volume of about 128 cubic feet. But four foot
pieces are never used for home heating, and dealers rarely sell four
foot pieces. So firewood is not offered for sale in the form of its
official unit measurement. This is why buying firewood can be confusing.
The most common firewood piece length is 16 in
The term face cord is not a officially recognized measurement in Canada, however many people are familiar with term as it has been in use for well over a 100 years, a face cord or rick of wood is an old term of measurement four feet high by eight feet long and is as wide as the individual firewood pieces, but averages 16 inches deep, A 16-inch wide face cord is equal to about one-third of a full cord. You would fill the back of most extended cab full size pick up trucks ( 6 foot box) with a face cord.
For most people having a few fires each week during cold weather this amount of firewood will last most of the winter. If you feel you require more we can supply in full or half cords as well. Our regular delivieries make it easy to keep a fresh supply available without having to keep an entire years supply in your yard or garage. Any where on this web site you see the term "face cord" it represents about a third of a cord of firewood.
Alberta Firewood Depot
Calgary, High River, Okotoks, Cochrane, Airdrie, Didsbury, Crossfield, Carstairs, Strathmore, Canmore, Banff, and Bragg Creek .