8-Inch Kiln-Dried Cedar Wood for Fireplaces, Chimineas and Fire Pits
One of the best ways to add a unique flair to your fire is by mixing in some cedar wood. Cedar is an excellent fire starter known for its tantalizing aroma and signature crackling sound. It will create the cozy ambiance you need to make your next bonfire or dinner party a relaxing night for all.
What’s best about our cedar wood for burning is it comes custom-sized for smaller fire pits, fireplaces or chimineas. We hand-split every piece to 8 inches long with a 1-2-inch diameter. So, if you have a compact fire pit, such as the Solo Stove Ranger, the wood will fit in there with no problem.
Along with carefully splitting the wood, we also kiln dry it for optimal wood performance. This process takes most of the moisture out of the cedar to get it down to the ideal level for burning (below 20% moisture). As a result, our 8-inch cedar firewood is easy to light and produces the hottest and cleanest burns possible.
You can order a resealable box full of this kiln-dried cedar and get it in two days with free shipping throughout the country. And don’t worry about ordering too much! We plant one tree for every box ordered to keep our forests green and vibrant!
Benefits of Our 8-Inch Cedar Wood for Burning
- Classic Smell – Burning cedar produces the most unique and highest quality aroma of any firewood.
- Comforting Crackles – Want your fire to make a relaxing crackling sound? Be sure to add some cedar!
- Ideal for Mixing – Cedar produces especially exceptional fires when mixed with other woods, like oak or hickory.
- Fit for Small Pits – At only 8-inches long, these logs easily slip into small fire pits, chimineas and fireplaces.
- Primed for Burning – The kiln-drying process takes out the excess sap and moisture for easy, prolonged burns.
- Completely Clean – The wood has been heat-treated to remove all insects, mold and fungus.
- Forest Protection – All wood is responsibly harvested from forests certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.
What’s in the Cedar Hot Box?
- Type of Wood – 100% pure cedar wood
- Size of Pieces – 8 inches long with a 1-2-inch diameter
- Amount of Wood – 1,300 cubic inches
- Type of Box – 100% reusable and recyclable carrying case
- Shipping Details – Free two-day shipping anywhere in the United States
- Refund and Return Policy – All orders may be returned within 30 days of the date of purchase. For more details, please see our full refund and return policy.
Frequently Asked Questions About Our 8-Inch Cedar Firewood
Is cedar a good firewood?
Cedar is a really unique firewood that’s great for starting fires, giving off a great smell and creating a crackling fire. Cedar wood burns quickly and very hot but shouldn’t be used if you’re planning a long fire.
Why does cedar pop and crackle while it burns?
Cedar contains a high amount of resin that gets trapped inside of the wood. When you burn cedar, you superheat this resin, and it cracks or pops when it burns.
Because it crackles and sparks a lot, it’s always a good idea to use a fireplace screen when burning cedar firewood in an indoor fireplace. For outdoor fires, you should always pay close attention to your fire to make sure it doesn’t spark onto anything flammable. We recommend always using fireplace covers or screens indoors and chimineas outdoors to prevent the spread of sparks.
Do you recommend cooking with cedar wood?
You may have heard of cedar-planked salmon or other cedar-smoked foods. Cedar planks are a fantastic way to impart a distinct flavor into strong-flavored fish. However, cedar firewood is not a good wood to cook with. Due to a high oil/resin content, the smoke from cedar is dirty and can overpower your foods.
Are 8-inch logs compatible with Solo Stove fire pits?
Yes! Our 8-inch cedar is a great fit for the Solo Stove Ranger fire pit. The mid-size wood is also compatible with the Solo Stove Bonfire and Yukon fire pits.
Where do cedar trees grow in the United States?
Eastern red cedar trees grow along the east coast of the United States, and the western red cedar grows in the Pacific Northwest.
What is the heat content of cedar wood?
Cedar firewood does not burn as hot or for as long as other wood. The wood only contains about 12.2 – 13 million BTUs per cord. For comparison, oak firewood contains 30.1 million BTUs per cord. For this reason, cedar is typically only used as a fire starter or to add a pleasant aroma to fires containing other firewood.
Nevertheless, cedar is still a fantastic firewood! It’s great for starting fires quickly and for adding a distinctive, pleasant smell to your fire. Plus, cedar burns with a nice crackling that adds to the ambiance of any setting you burn it in.
Does cedar lead to creosote buildup?
Cedar inherently contains more resin than other woods since it’s a softwood. When we kiln-dry our cedar, a large portion of this resin is “boiled” out of the wood, but a lot is left in the wood and only removed when burning. This resin eventually accumulates into creosote in a chimney.
For this reason, we recommend burning cedar as an additive in your fireplace rather than using it as the only firewood you burn. We also recommend getting your chimney regularly cleaned to ensure there is no dangerous level of creosote buildup, regardless of what firewood you burn.
Can I roast marshmallows over cedar firewood?
Yes! Marshmallows cook for a very short time and won’t be noticeably affected by cedar’s sap content.
Is cedar wood easy to split?
Yes! Cedar is extremely easy to split, which is why we love working with it.
What gives cedar firewood its distinctive smell?
The smell of cedar comes from the oil found in the center heartwood of the tree. Most woods contain some oils and resins, but cedar contains a large amount! So, the smell you get when burning cedar is from this resin burning.
What color is cedar firewood, and what gives it its color?
Cedar heartwood has a distinct pinkish-red color with slightly purple tinges. It gets this color from chemical reactions that naturally happen between the oils in the wood, oxygen and UV ray exposure.
Cedar sapwood is the outer layer of cedar firewood. It’s a pale-yellow color similar to other firewood species.
Can you use 8-inch cedar logs in an offset smoker?
We don’t recommend using cedar wood for smoking. Cedar contains high amounts of sap and resins, which make the smoke leave a bitter flavor.
Will 8-inch firewood work with my wood-burning stove?
Yes, this size functions great in wood-burning stoves, especially smaller models. However, for larger stoves, you may find that our 16-inch full-sized firewood works better.
Is Cedar a softwood or a hardwood?
Cedar is a softwood.