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A given weight of wood can only produce so much energy so while 1 large log split into 2  may last longer than the same log split into 4 pieces , it should only produce the same amount of heat but spread over a longer time.

 

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Yeah but seems to me at least (no proof) the less dense softwood naturally burns faster than the more dense hardwood so to get more similar burn rates (power output) I use larger logs of lighter woods (less surface area) and smaller logs for the more dense wood.

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you do need turbulance in the firebox to ensure a nice looking fire,   to get that load two or three logs at a time,   size of these logs will depend on your firebox size.

 

If I am processing logs on a 4 way split then I want a length on the outer (bark) edge of the triangle to be no more than 150mm.,  so about 600mm max circumstance cord split 4 ways. 

 

Length wise cut the width of your firebox less 50mm,   if cutting to resell 250mm will suit most stoves.


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