Frequently Asked Question
The Firewood Department and Sierra Crest Firewood have combined to provide high-quality firewood to our customers in the Eastern Sierra of California and Nevada.
Where does your wood come from?∨
Most of our hardwoods come from the retirement of mature fruit and nut trees. This renewable firewood source has the benefit of serving farmers who need to replant as trees age to maintain the health of their orchards and consumers who enjoy the heat these woods provide. Our Pine is harvested from hazardous fuel reduction projects in the Sierra.
What wood do you recommend for primary heating?∨
If you have a stove or insert, youíll likely enjoy burning Almond or other hardwood. These woods provide hot, long-burning fires. If you have a fireplace, Eucalyptus or Pine are better bets. These woods light more easily, so you wonít have to struggle to get a fire going. Eucalyptus, a hardwood, will burn longer than Pine or other softwood varieties.
What wood do you recommend for secondary heating/ambiance?∨
If you’re looking for a lively fire that lasts only a few hours, Pine is an excellent choice.
What wood do you recommend for cooking? Pizza? BBQ? Smoking?∨
Almond is a great wood for cooking/baking. It doesn’t have a strong flavor, but it creates a hot, even bed of coals that provides consistent results. Many of our restaurant customers have switched from Oak to Almond because of its consistency and quality. For BBQ and smoking, where the wood smoke flavors the food, we offer other specialty woods like Cherry, Apricot, and Plum. Each of these woods gives food a different character – it’s just a matter of the chef’s choice.
What wood would you recommend for campfires?∨
Most campers are familiar with using pine bundles for campfires. Pine is light, easy to handle, and easy to get started. It’s a great wood for a few hours of ambiance. If you’re looking for more value in your firewood and you’re going to be camping for multiple days, you may prefer burning hardwood. We offer 45# bags of hardwood that are easy to handle and will give you hours of heat and light at your campsite.
Why don’t you recommend Oak?∨
There are many Oak varieties including Live Oak and Red Oak (36.6 million BTU/cord) as well as Tan Oak, Mountain Oak, and Black Oak (27.4 million BTU/cord). Live Oak and Red Oak are difficult to source in our area and renewable hardwoods like Eucalyptus (34.5 million BTU/cord) and Almond (32.9 BTU/cord) offer many of the benefits of Oak without the variability or confusion.
How long is your wood seasoned?∨
We season our hardwoods for 12-18 months. Our pine is cut, split, and seasoned for 2 or more months.
What is the moisture content of your wood?∨
Because we season our wood in the dry northern Nevada climate, the moisture content of our hardwood is usually about 8-12%, while our Pine is 10-15%. We always carry a moisture tester to deliveries, so we’re happy to give you a reading for your particular delivery.
What lengths does your wood come in?∨
We typically cut our wood into 15-16 inch lengths.
How big a space do you need to deliver without restacking?∨
Our Hummerbee compact forklift needs just a few inches of clearance to deliver your pre-stacked pallets. Our ½ cord pallets are 40″ x 48″, pre-stacked 56″-58″ high, so your space needs to be about 4 ½ feet wide by 6 ½ feet high.
How much wood is a cord?∨
The standard cord measure is four feet by four feet by 8 feet high. We deliver ½ cord pallets that are 40″ x 48″, pre-stacked 56″-58″ high.