Ranking the Best Campfires from Classic Movie Scenes
August 27, 2020

For thousands of years, fire has been a staple of mankind’s existence. I mean, who doesn’t love hanging out around a good fire? Which partially explains why the campfire is a hallmark in so many classic movies. But has anyone ever really examined Hollywood’s fires? Or ranked them? Or even considered them? 

Here at Cutting Edge Firewood, we’re obsessed with helping our customers enjoy great fires using our legendary, kiln dried firewood. For years we’ve provided folks all across the country with the highest-quality firewood and cooking wood, in addition to teaching them everything there is to know about outdoor and indoor fires. Needless to say, we know a thing or two about what makes a great fire. But before we jump into our power rankings of Hollywood’s top fires, a few ground rules. 

First, indoor fires or fireplace scenes were not included on this list—only outdoor fires could be considered.

Second, we judged each fire based on several categories: brightness, temperature, size, coziness, and “wow factor.” 

Third, all scores were scientifically verified by third-party experts and calculated using an advanced algorithm. Just kidding, everything you’re about to read is 100% subjective. Without further ado, let’s get this fire started. 

 

Castaway – “The Fire from Scratch”

 

The scene from Castaway in which Tom Hanks’ shipwrecked character creates a fire using nothing but two pieces of wood and some tinder has to be one of the most iconic fire scenes of all time. Full stop. Sometimes when I make a fire in my backyard I yell (to no one in particular), “I HAVE MADE FIRE!” 

Known as the “fire plow method,” Chuck Noland, a punctual FedEx executive turned island survivor-man, manages to create enough friction to light a small amount of tinder, which leads to a glorious, beach-side signal fire. 

But let’s take a closer look at the beach bonfire towards the end of the clip. First off, it’s likely that Hanks’ character used driftwood to make that fire. Driftwood has a TON of moisture in it, meaning that fire is SUPER smokey and not that hot. (Comparatively, our kiln dried firewood goes through a rigorous, 48-hour drying process, making it so easy to light, even Wilson could do it. 

Size: 4.2/10 

Brightness: 4.5/10

Temperature: 4.8/10

Coziness: Considering his character has been stranded on the island for Lord knows how long without heat or fire, I’d say that fire is pretty dang cozy. 8.9/10

Wow factor: While the fire itself is nothing special, I mean come on—he made it from scratch! Don’t kid yourself—you think you could actually do it? 7.3/10

Total score: 29.7

 

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring – “The Weathertop Fire” AKA “The Hobbit Fire” AKA “The Tomatoes, Sausages, and Nice Crispy Bacon Fire” AKA “The Nazgul Fire”

 

You gotta hand it to hobbits—even in the face of extreme danger and terrifying enemies, they never miss an opportunity to cook up a good campfire meal. Unfortunately, Merry, Pippen, and Sam picked the absolute worst time and location to light up a tiny cooking fire. In doing so, they attracted the attention of the deadly Ringwraiths who had been hunting them all across the Shire. Sorry, Frodo! But at least they saved him some tomatoes, sausages, and bacon. 

Now, we can’t say for certain, but we’re reasonably confident that if given the choice, the hobbits and the rest of the Fellowship would have stocked up on our premium, kiln dried cooking wood when they set out on the long road to Mordor. Something tells us the hobbits definitely would be into high-quality cooking wood. 

Size: 1.3/10 

Brightness: 4.5/10 This was the hobbits’ main error. Although it’s not a particularly bright fire in and of itself (they likely used fallen wood as opposed to top-tier, kiln dried cooking wood), since they made their campfire atop a giant hill in the dead of night, the Nazgul were able to spot them from miles away. 

Temperature: 2.3/10 but def hot enough to get that bacon niiice and crispy

Coziness: I’d say their little cookfire was pretty cozy until it brought down a cadre of murderous Ringwraiths onto their trails. -8.3/10

Wow factor: Really depends on how crispy that bacon was, so we’ll never really know. 1.1/10

Total score: 0.9

 

Pirates of the Caribbean – “The Rum Fire”

 

Let’s just start with this—the next time you’re at the beach and you want to make a nice bonfire, we do NOT recommend torching a bunch of barrels full of rum. However, if you’ve been stranded on a deserted island and you need to attract the attention of nearby a ship, light those puppies up. Just save a barrel or two for Cap’n Jack, will ya? My guy loves his rum. 

Size: 7.2/10 

Brightness: 8.3/10 

Temperature: 6.9/10 Normally wet wood doesn’t burn that hot, but if it’s soaked in rum, you’ve essentially made a giant molotov cocktail. 

Coziness: Rum fires are generally not the coziest. 1.3/10

Wow factor: 5.3/10

Total score: 29

 

Three Amigos – “The Desert Fire” 

 

You’d be hard-pressed to name a more iconic campfire scene than this one from the classic 1986 comedy Three Amigos starring Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, and Martin Short. Hilarious as the scene is, let’s just say their campfire is about as authentic as the faux desert backdrop behind them. I’m 99% certain that fire is a gas fire. But hey, at least the animals were real!

Size: 2.1/10 

Brightness: 2.6/10 

Temperature: 2.4/10 

Coziness: They do make that desert look cozy. 7.1/10

Wow factor: 3.1/10

Total score: 17.3

 

Dumb and Dumber – “The Aspen Fire” 

 

Though the fire in this famous scene from Dumb and Dumber doesn’t get much screentime, it’s worth taking a look. First off, it’s the only true fire pit in this entire list. Secondly, where’d they get that thing? Lowes? Home Depot? If they were so strapped for cash, how could they afford a fire pit? Add these to the list of unanswerable questions. 

Since Harry and Lloyd only needed it for a short time, they should’ve considered taking advantage of our premium fire pit rental service, which includes a gorgeous fire pit, steel fire pit cover, designer fire iron and ash shovel, and a complimentary box of oak firewood. Only issue is, unlike Mr. Samsonite, we do not accept IOUs

Size: 2.9/10 

Brightness: 3.0/10 

Temperature: Clearly not very hot since Harry’s hands were numb. 2.2/10 

Coziness: Really just depends on how many pairs of extra gloves you’re wearing. 5.3/10

Wow factor: 2.8/10

Total score: 16.2

 

Dances with Wolves – “The Fire Dance Fire” 

 

As prairie bonfires turned self-actualizing fire dances go, this a solid one.  

Size: 6.9/10 

Brightness: 6.4/10 

Temperature: 5.9/10 Doesn’t appear to be that hot since he’s dancing so close to it.

Coziness: 5.1/10

Wow factor: If we’re taking Kevin Costner’s dance moves into consideration, that’s going to hurt the score. 1.3/10

Total score: 25.6

 

Kill Bill: Vol. 2 – “The Bill Fire” 

 

The next time you build a campfire in the wilderness, make sure to invite somebody with a bamboo flute and a knack for great storytelling. In a fantastic cinematic example of Chekov’s gun, Bill tells assassin-in-training Beatrix Kiddo the legend of Pai Mai and the Five-Point Exploding Heart Technique in front of a gorgeous little campfire. Although to my eyes those pieces of wood don’t really seem to be burning. 

Size: 3.1/10 

Brightness: 3.3/10 

Temperature: 4.1/10 

Coziness: Combined with Bill’s bamboo flute and assuring voice, that vibe is cozy. The legend of Pai Mai is much less so. 6.7/10

Wow factor: 2.3/10

Total score: 19.5

 

O Brother, Where Art Thou? – The Robert Johnson Fire

 

Other than s’mores, does anything go better with a campfire than the tunes of legendary blues player Robert Johnson? 

Size: 3.3/10 

Brightness: 3.4/10 

Temperature: 4.0/10 

Coziness: 7.6/10

Wow factor: Considering that a world-class blues player is playing beside you’re fire, I’d say that’s a big wow. 8.9/10

Total score: 27.2

 

Stand By Me – “The Coming-of-Age Fire”

 

Now, we can’t overlook this scene from the classic 1986 coming-of-age film Stand By Me. Ok, so the fire is nothing to write home about, but the conversation topics are everything here. And by the way, Goofy is definitely a dog. 

Size: 2.3/10 

Brightness: 2.5/10 

Temperature: 2.2/10 

Coziness: 6.3/10

Wow factor: 1.9/10

Total score: 15.2

  • Cherry Firewood Box

    $69.00

    There is a reason George Washington cut down his father’s cherry tree: it makes for some incredible firewood! Cherry displays beautifully, burns less hot than hickory or oak, and it offers a subtle sweet aroma that will provide your home with a welcoming atmosphere for your family and guests alike.  Our Cherry Firewood is absolutely amazing.  This is our all around favorite firewood box.  

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    Hickory is our best seller, and for good reason. Kiln dried hickory firewood burns hotter and longer than any other firewood we offer. The signature aroma and crackle bring back positive memories from childhood and make it a customer favorite. Enthusiasts and casual burners alike have something to love.

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    Hickory is one of our best sellers, and for good reason. Kiln dried hickory firewood burns hotter and longer than any other firewood we offer. The signature aroma and crackle bring back positive memories from childhood and make it a customer favorite. Enthusiasts and casual burners alike have something to love.

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    • If you live within our “local delivery network” (Atlanta, Nashville, Charlotte, Chattanooga, Greenville and greater metro areas) you will receive a metal rack personally delivered by our Artisans.
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    $59.00

    Oak is a timeless classic, and a popular hardwood firewood from one of America’s most iconic trees. Oak has a more subtle aroma than hickory or cherry. It burns hotter and longer than cherry, but cooler and not as long as hickory. For many of our customers, oak is their first experience with our kiln dried firewood.

    This box of oak firewood includes everything you need for 2-4 amazing fireside experiences, including fire starters, kindling, matches, and firewood. See full details below.

  • Oak Firewood Rack

    $255.00

    Oak is a timeless classic, and a popular hardwood firewood from one of America’s most iconic trees. Oak has a more subtle aroma than hickory or cherry. It burns hotter and longer than cherry, but cooler and not as long as hickory. For many of our customers, oak is their first experience with our kiln dried firewood.

    Our patent metal rack of oak is 2′ wide and 4′ tall with enough quality firewood for 15-25 amazing fireside experiences. It is filled with our 16″ standard cut firewood.

    Firewood Rack Service

    Cutting Edge Firewood proudly offers firewood rack services nationwide. 

    • If you live within our “local delivery network” (Atlanta, Nashville, Charlotte, Chattanooga, Greenville and greater metro areas) you will receive a metal rack personally delivered by our Artisans.
    • If you live outside of our “local delivery network” across the United States, our rack products will be shipped via a freight company in a wooden rack to the end of your driveway.  Upgrade to Cutting Edge Firewood Metal Rack is available via phone.
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    $89.00

    Want to make pizza in your backyard that gives your friends and family a true taste of Italy? Then make sure you use Cutting Edge Firewood’s premium pizza cut firewood.

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    Pizza cut wood is made from Oak, and each piece is approximately 16” in length. The box is 19″ x 13″ x 13″ and has enough wood for up to 20-30 pizzas. If you have a smaller pizza oven like the Ooni Pro or Ooni Karu, then make sure you check out our miniature pizza cut wood! 

    Pizza Cut Cooking Wood Box includes kindling and fire starters along with complimentary shipping.

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    $399.00

    Designed specifically for wood fired ovens, Pizza Cut gives you the hottest and longest burns. We partnered with professional pizza chefs and learned that the best pizza crust comes with properly managed burn temperatures. Temperature control in your oven is maximized by how hot you can get your flame. Our convenient pre-split wood eliminates all variables such as additional labor and drying, which gives you the confidence of knowing that you’re making your best pizza.

    Enough wood for up to 200 Pizzas.  Our patented metal racks are 2′ wide and  4′ tall with pizza cut oak wood, approximately 16” in length and  1-2″ in diameter. We loan our metal racks to local delivery customers and ship inside wooden racks to shipping customers. Get the best value for pizza wood by choosing our 16″ Ultimate Package.

    Firewood Rack Service

    Cutting Edge Firewood proudly offers firewood rack services nationwide. 

    • If you live within our “local delivery network” (Atlanta, Nashville, Charlotte, Chattanooga, Greenville and greater metro areas) you will receive a metal rack personally delivered by our Artisans.
    • If you live outside of our “local delivery network” across the United States, our rack products will be shipped via a freight company in a wooden rack to the end of your driveway.  Upgrade to Cutting Edge Firewood Metal Rack is available via phone.

Customer Reviews

Absolutely the best run company imaginable! From my initial order processing to delivery of my firewood, their customer service was incredible! Daryl, the Artisan (is that not a great term or what) who delivered my firewood was the best ambassador ever for Cutting Edge Firewood. The enthusiasm and pride of the employees was evident every step if the way! I look forward to a continued relationship with all these folks.
Homer Rose
Homer Rose
15:02 30 Aug 21
Updated for Dec 10, 2020: The company works hard to meet customer's need. It is impossible to be perfect; however, their best efforts are way better than others. Again, their wood is way higher quality than any other seller out there that I know.‐-------------------I recently bought some firewood boxes from them. Their wood is clean and very high quality. I did not appreciate it until I tried to save some money and bought firewood from other local stores like Homedepot and Homeland. Now I have a choice, and I rather pay more for the premium quality here. They shipped fast too.
Jason Phan
Jason Phan
22:35 10 Dec 20
Incredible guys, great product, even better experience. Within 24 hours of reaching out, we had a new fire pit delivered, installed, and working - as well as a full rack of the best firewood I’ve ever seen. Seamless and accommodating. Great work guys.
Jeramy Ragsdale
Jeramy Ragsdale
16:33 22 Oct 19
I recently ordered from Cutting Edge Firewood for the first time. The experience was one of the best I have had in recent memory. Ashley called me shortly after my order to explain how it would be shipped and delivered and offered assistance with any questions I may have had. The wood and accessories showed up on time and perfectly packaged. The product itself is as great as the customer service. The wood is beautifully dried and smells wonderful. I also made sure to get some pizza oven cut Oak and it did not disappoint! Absolutely 100% satisfied... BRAVO!
Paul Parker
Paul Parker
20:24 01 Jun 20
In addition to high-quality, clean burning firewood, the folks at Cutting Edge Firewood deliver best in class service. Every time. They’re responsive, on time, friendly, and grateful for every opportunity they get. Follow up is excellent with well timed and thoughtful emails to handwritten thank you notes. In an age where the art of gold standard customer service alongside quality product seems to be gone, these guys will boldly remind you its not. At least not with them. I’d give more than 5 stars if I could!
Tim Stutz
Tim Stutz
18:08 28 Mar 20
They say, "you get what you pay for" and that couldn't be any truer when it comes to Cutting Edge Firewood. They offer same day delivery on boxes M-Sa, their firewood is easy to lit and it burns clean for hours, and their customer service is always top notch. Can't say enough good things about Leroy, his team and their products. If you want the best, put your worries to rest and buy from the best.
Michael Tobias
Michael Tobias
18:43 21 Nov 20
I Live in California. Based on reviews i was excited to receive my CHERRY Firewood for my fire-pit from Cutting Edge. My family and i wanted the best firewood with less smoke. great burn and scent. We opted for Cherry since it burns cooler than Hickory or Oak for the summer nights. When i inspected the firewood several had growth on them and i was not sure if it was mold. so i contacted Cutting Edge to advise. Ashley requested to text several photos and her team would take a look. The very next day i got a call from Ashley. Although her team could not narrow down exactly what was on the firewood she advised me Cutting Edge would send out a whole new Box Set -free of charge. I was NOT expecting such a quick response let alone a entire new Box Set.Cutting Edges excellent customer service and quick response alone is TOP NOTCH and gives me the confidence they stand by their products 100%. New Box was received this week with NO issues. Cutting Edge has definitely earned my business for years to come with Outstanding Customer Service along with Superior products. Will NOT hesitate recommending to all my Family and Colleagues.
Raymond Alcarion
Raymond Alcarion
18:51 07 Aug 20
Just came over to buy some firewood for my pizza oven and I want to let you know these guys are awesome. They sure know what they’re doing and you can go around behind your product. For sure the best in Atlanta.
Al Fernandez
Al Fernandez
17:28 27 Jul 19
Awesome Firewood, best service in the world!
Joe James
Joe James
02:32 03 Jul 19
August 21, 2020

It’s an exciting time here at Cutting Edge Firewood. We’re growing quickly and hiring lots of wonderful new people. Customer service is a foundation for our business, and it makes our delivery artisan service such a memorable experience.

We thought it would be fun to release a series of posts this fall and introduce our newest delivery artisans. Today we talk with Ben Loecken, who has an amazing story and some really unique reasons for loving a good fire.

Ben, do you remember many fireside experiences as a kid?

Campfires have always been a part of my life. My dad started taking me camping when I was young. I grew up in Colorado so we spent many nights at a high altitude, roasting hotdogs over an open flame and huddling around the fire when the cold air came down from the mountains. In many ways, fires have been essential to my survival and warmth while in the outdoors. 

What were you doing before Cutting Edge Firewood?

I actually lived in Nepal for 3 years. It is a small nation sandwiched between India and China, famous for the tallest mountains in the world. While there, I worked for Youth with a Mission and helped plan and lead many treks through the Himalayas. 

During my time in Nepal I realized how much the local Nepali people relied on fires to cook and stay warm in the winter months – living at 14,000 feet can be extremely difficult!

I remember countless trips in Nepal where a group of friends and I would stumble into a village after 20+ miles of trekking in extremely harsh conditions. We were sometimes soaked, sometimes cold, and sometimes altitude sick. A good fire provided instant comfort for us. It offered a gathering place, a place to share stories from the day and to keep us warm into the night as the temperature dropped.

What was your most memorable moment while living in Nepal?

During one trip, several close friends and I were preparing to cross a 17,700 foot high mountain pass. We spent a frigid night at high camp, tossing and turning from the altitude and cold. 

Before we knew it, the beeping of my watch alarm let us know that it was 3:30am – time to wakeup. There had been a snowstorm overnight, which meant we had to blaze the trail that morning. We kept moving steadily through the cold, trying to find the route through the snow. 

Finally, after hours of trekking, we reached the top of the pass. Our feet and hands were almost frozen and our noses stung from the cold as we entered a small shack perched at the very top of the pass. Inside, we were greeted by a warm fire and a hardy local man adding logs to the flames to prepare some infamous Nepali tea for us. We were amazed at the resilience and grit of the man who decided to make this tiny dwelling at 17,000 feet his home. 

It occurred to me that no matter where we are from, we all share a common need for a fire to keep us warm and cook our food. The warmth we received in that tiny home gave us the strength to make it down the mountain.

Why are you excited to work at Cutting Edge Firewood?

My life is full of memorable moments gathered around the fire. When I gaze into the flames, I reflect on how lucky I am to have had those experiences.

I am excited to join Cutting Edge Firewood and help others experience their own memorable moments. With a great fire, you can experience the wonder of the great outdoors in your own backyard. As much as I love the mountains, sometimes it’s just as nice to enjoy a fire on a cool evening at your own home! 

why is my fire so smokey
June 25, 2020

It’s a cool night and you have everyone gathered around the fire. You strike the first match, dreaming of the glorious blaze that will soon ignite everyone’s imagination.

But instead, nothing but thick smoke billows from your carefully built fire. People step away from the fire so they can breathe, kids demand to know when they can make s’mores, and you’re left scratching your head trying to figure out why this fire is so smokey.

In this article, we’ll explain the main reasons your fire is so smokey, plus we’ll provide some easy solutions.

Ultimately, the quality of your fire will come down to the quality of your wood. Like many things in life, great firewood creates great fires, and bad firewood creates bad fires. If you just want to get the best firewood available, then you can skip all the details below and order now.

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Why you don’t want a smokey fire

Every fire will create some smoke, but some fires can create a lot more smoke than others. Dark smoke is unpleasant for many reasons: it makes your eyes burn, it can make it hard to breathe, it will make you smell bad, and it can completely ruin a fun fire.

Fires are meant to be beautiful, so when the flames get replaced my nasty smoke it ruins the mystique of the fire.

People will sit further away to avoid the smoke (or they will leave) and miss out on the warmth the fire provides. Speaking of warmth, a smokey fire will produce less warmth than one with dancing flames.

kids cooking marshmellows on a fire that is not smokey

If you’re trying to cook over a fire, whether it’s s’mores or hot dogs or a full and fancy meal, dark smoke does not add good flavor. Clear, blue smoke on the other hand can add incredible wood smoked flavor. The dark smoke also makes it tough to get close enough to the fire as well.

For all these reasons and more, you don’t want a smokey fire.

So what causes some fires to be smokier than others?

Why your fire might be so smokey

There are several reasons your fire might be too smokey. Let’s explore the 5 most common causes:

1) You’re using wet wood: 

Wet wood will always create smokier fires. There are a couple reasons for this. First, the moisture in the wood will burn off and turn into steam. This steam mixes with the smoke of the burning wood and makes the smoke much thicker than if you used dry wood.

Wet wood is also problematic because it prevents the wood from burning as hot. Smoke will start at lower temperatures than flame, so if your wood is smoldering it will create a lot of smoke. When the fire gets hotter, it will create more flame and less smoke. Wet wood makes this difficult.

In order to prevent this, make sure you burn only quality, kiln dried firewood that is dry and dense. Cutting Edge Firewood, for instance, has a moisture content that is less than 10%. Green firewood (freshly cut or fallen from a tree) will have a moisture content of 50%, and seasoned firewood will contain 20-30% moisture. This is a significant reduction in moisture content and, therefore, will create a significantly less smokey fire.

2) You’re burning wood with mold or fungus:

If you use seasoned firewood or wood that has sat outside for too long, it could grow mold or fungus. When you burn this wood, it will burn off the mold and fungus and these things create a lot of smoke. Not only that, they aren’t exactly the kind of thing you want released into the air near your friends or family.

Seasoned firewood can be moldy and wet and cause smokey fires

Inspect your firewood for fungus or mold and don’t burn it if it isn’t clean. Once again, choosing to burn kiln dried firewood will prevent this from being a problem. The kiln drying process kills all mold, fungus, and bugs and creates a safer, cleaner burn for you and your family.

3) You’re burning yard debris:

It can be tempting to start a fire with leaves, pine straw, or pinecones. They can sometimes create a quick flame, but they can also create a lot of smoke.

Often times, yard debris is still quite wet (either because it has freshly fallen or because of the weather). This moisture will contribute to the smoke. Yard debris also reduces oxygen flow, which makes it harder for the fire to heat up and burn well. Yard debris can also have dirt or sap in it, which will also add to the smoke levels of your fire.

Instead, we recommend using all natural fire starters and quality kindling. You’ll get a clean burn that will heat up quickly and make it much easier to light your larger logs. Each of our boxes of firewood contain a small sampling of fire starters and kindling, but we also sell a complete fire starter package with enough starters and kindling for 15-25 fires.

4) You aren’t letting your fire breathe:

A good fire needs three things: heat, a fuel source, and oxygen. If you stack your logs too tightly together, it reduces the available oxygen and can really make it hard to get a fire going. This can snuff flames out (sometimes before they even start) and cause the wood to smolder instead of burn. When the wood smolders, it creates more smoke.

The trick is to stack your firewood logs so that they are close enough to share heat, but far enough away that they can still breathe. If you want to learn how to stack, start, and maintain a fire then make sure you watch this video:

5) You’re burning trash:

Burning trash is always a bad idea. While you probably aren’t out there trying to burn an entire week’s worth of garbage, it can be tempting to toss in some food wrappers or solo cups into the fire when you’re done using them while sitting by the fire.

Don’t do it! Any kind of trash will add to the smoke and could release toxic fumes into the air that will be bad for everyone.

Keep the fire clean from trash and everyone will have a better experience.

6) You’re using softwoods like pine

It’s easy to find softwoods lying on the ground in many parts of America. Pine trees drop limbs like it’s their job, and the wood can light up pretty easily once dry.

Only problem is, pine trees contain a resin like substance that burns and creates dark smoke. Softwoods also are not great for your fire pit or fireplace because they burn so quickly.

It’s ok to use a small piece of heartpine as a fire starter – it will light easily and burn quickly to help get your kindling lit. Because the piece is small, it won’t create too much smoke and it actually creates a really nice aroma.

Otherwise, it’s important to always choose hardwoods over softwoods for building a fire. Evergreen trees are typically softwoods, whereas tree that are deciduous and create leaves are hardwoods. Good hardwoods include cherry, oak, and hickory.

Where to get firewood that is less smokey

If you wanted to summarize all the causes of a smokey fire into a single thing, it is ultimately about the quality of your firewood. If you burn good wood, you’ll have a good fire.

The only problem is, it can be really hard to source firewood that is consistently good quality. You might grab a bag of firewood from the grocery store that works well, but your next bag could be a total disaster. You might get a delivery on your driveway one year that burns ok, but the next load could be wet and moldy.

Cutting Edge Firewood was founded for this very reason – we were tired of the consistently poor quality of the firewood industry. We worked with suppliers to develop the most rigorous and consistent drying process in the world.

All of our firewood gets cut while fresh and placed into a kiln for 48 hours at 250 degrees – this is 12 times more rigorous than the USDA requirements for kiln dried firewood. This means our wood is consistently dry, dense, and clean. It provides a great burning experience every time you use it.

The other challenge with obtaining good firewood is knowing where to go. Fortunately, with Cutting Edge Firewood, you don’t have to go anywhere! We bring the firewood directly to you. We offer a complimentary delivery artisan service to a growing network of places including Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville, and more! If you’re not in our delivery artisan network than no worries – we also ship our firewood nationwide.

It’s never been easier to obtain quality firewood than ever before, so place an order with Cutting Edge Firewood today. We’re confident you will love the firewood and have a great experience!

  • Cherry Firewood Box

    $69.00

    There is a reason George Washington cut down his father’s cherry tree: it makes for some incredible firewood! Cherry displays beautifully, burns less hot than hickory or oak, and it offers a subtle sweet aroma that will provide your home with a welcoming atmosphere for your family and guests alike.  Our Cherry Firewood is absolutely amazing.  This is our all around favorite firewood box.  

    This box of cherry firewood includes everything you need for 2-4 amazing fireside experiences, including fire starters, kindling, matches, and firewood. See full details below.

  • Cherry Firewood Rack

    $299.00

    There is a reason George Washington cut down his father’s cherry tree: it makes for some incredible firewood! Cherry displays beautifully, burns less hot than hickory or oak, and it offers a sweet aroma that will provide your home with a welcoming atmosphere for your family and guests alike.  Our Cherry Firewood is absolutely amazing.  

    Our patent metal rack of cherry is 2′ wide and 4′ tall with enough quality firewood for 15-25 amazing fireside experiences. View more details below.

    Firewood Rack Service

    Cutting Edge Firewood proudly offers firewood rack services nationwide. 

    • If you live within our “local delivery network” (Atlanta, Nashville, Charlotte, Chattanooga, Greenville and greater metro areas) you will receive a metal rack personally delivered by our Artisans.
    • If you live outside of our “local delivery network” across the United States, our rack products will be shipped via a freight company in a wooden rack to the end of your driveway.  Upgrade to Cutting Edge Firewood Metal Rack is available via phone.
  • Fire Starter Package

    $59.00

    The Cutting Edge Firewood Complete Fire Starter Package includes everything you need to start over 20 fires quickly and easily. Each package includes:

    • Oak Kindling
    • Excelsior Fire Starters
    • Heart Pine Bundle
    • Cigar Matches

    Ignite your fire with a single match using the Cutting Edge way. Check out our how-to video in the details section below so you can master the single match light every single time! If you’re after actual firewood logs as well, don’t forget to check our firewood options!

  • Hickory Firewood Box

    $59.00

    Hickory is our best seller, and for good reason. Kiln dried hickory firewood burns hotter and longer than any other firewood we offer. The signature aroma and crackle bring back positive memories from childhood and make it a customer favorite. Enthusiasts and casual burners alike have something to love.

    This box of hickory firewood includes everything you need for 2-4 amazing fireside experiences, including fire starters, kindling, matches, and firewood. See full details below.

  • Hickory Firewood Rack

    $299.00

    Hickory is one of our best sellers, and for good reason. Kiln dried hickory firewood burns hotter and longer than any other firewood we offer. The signature aroma and crackle bring back positive memories from childhood and make it a customer favorite. Enthusiasts and casual burners alike have something to love.

    Our patent metal rack of hickory is 2′ wide and 4′ tall with enough quality firewood for 15-25 amazing fireside experiences. View more details below.

    Firewood Rack Service

    Cutting Edge Firewood proudly offers firewood rack services nationwide. 

    • If you live within our “local delivery network” (Atlanta, Nashville, Charlotte, Chattanooga, Greenville and greater metro areas) you will receive a metal rack personally delivered by our Artisans.
    • If you live outside of our “local delivery network” across the United States, our rack products will be shipped via a freight company in a wooden rack to the end of your driveway.  Upgrade to Cutting Edge Firewood Metal Rack is available via phone.

     

  • Oak Firewood Box

    $59.00

    Oak is a timeless classic, and a popular hardwood firewood from one of America’s most iconic trees. Oak has a more subtle aroma than hickory or cherry. It burns hotter and longer than cherry, but cooler and not as long as hickory. For many of our customers, oak is their first experience with our kiln dried firewood.

    This box of oak firewood includes everything you need for 2-4 amazing fireside experiences, including fire starters, kindling, matches, and firewood. See full details below.

  • Oak Firewood Rack

    $255.00

    Oak is a timeless classic, and a popular hardwood firewood from one of America’s most iconic trees. Oak has a more subtle aroma than hickory or cherry. It burns hotter and longer than cherry, but cooler and not as long as hickory. For many of our customers, oak is their first experience with our kiln dried firewood.

    Our patent metal rack of oak is 2′ wide and 4′ tall with enough quality firewood for 15-25 amazing fireside experiences. It is filled with our 16″ standard cut firewood.

    Firewood Rack Service

    Cutting Edge Firewood proudly offers firewood rack services nationwide. 

    • If you live within our “local delivery network” (Atlanta, Nashville, Charlotte, Chattanooga, Greenville and greater metro areas) you will receive a metal rack personally delivered by our Artisans.
    • If you live outside of our “local delivery network” across the United States, our rack products will be shipped via a freight company in a wooden rack to the end of your driveway.  Upgrade to Cutting Edge Firewood Metal Rack is available via phone.
  • Pecan Cooking Wood Box

    $69.00

    Pecan is the most legendary cooking wood in the South, and Cutting Edge Firewood offers the best Pecan available. Maybe that’s why our Pecan Cooking wood was featured in Garden and Gun magazine.

    These 16″ split pecan logs provide the perfect flavor for any smoking and barbecue enthusiasts. Pecan burns hotter and longer, and it ignites quickly and easily. Because of our rigorous drying process, you know that all of our pecan wood will arrive dry and free from bugs, mold, or fungus. That means your food gets nothing but the best.

    Give your team the competitive edge it needs by selecting Pecan cooking wood from Cutting Edge Firewood.

    Boxes of Pecan ship nationwide and usually include complimentary shipping!

June 19, 2020

While most people think of time by the fire as a winter activity, the summer bonfire is also a great way to make memories!

Think about it – remember the bonfires at summer camp? Or how does drying off by the fire on a cool summer night sound after a day in the pool? And what about making s’mores? Those are a year-round treat!

The only problem is, it becomes much harder to source good firewood during the summer. Grocery stores stop carrying it, local suppliers run out of dry wood, and sometimes you don’t want an entire truck load of wood anyway.

Fortunately, we have the solution! Here at Cutting Edge Firewood, we carry stock of firewood year-round and can ship or deliver wood directly to your home. It’s never been easier to source quality firewood, so there is no excuse for not enjoying an outdoor fire with friends or family this summer!

You can order firewood now, or read on to learn more about what makes Cutting Edge Firewood the best firewood available. Period.

Why you should enjoy a fire during the summer

Enjoying a good fire should not be restricted to nights when the temperature drops below freezing. In fact, you might be surprised by how much you enjoy a bonfire at night when the temperature is in the 70s or 80s.

What is the Best-Smelling firewood?

Here are a few benefits to spending time around the fire during the summer:

  • Watching a fire is like watching a sunset. It’s a beautiful thing!
  • Research has proven that watching a fire can lower your blood pressure and reduce anxiety.
  • The fire provides a great opportunity to disconnect from technology and, instead, connect with those around you.
  • S’mores taste just as good in the summer, and in fact, National S’mores day is on August 10!
  • If you spend time in the pool at night, having a fire nearby is a great way to get warm and dry off when the swimming is done.
  • It brings back memories of summer camps from when you were young.
  • It creates the perfect space for singing (or listening to) campfire songs
  • You can go beyond s’mores and cook your entire meal over the fire.

Those are just a few benefits to building a fire during the summer, you’ll discover more once you actually experience it for yourself!

Where to get the best firewood in the summer

Our mission at Cutting Edge Firewood is to provide the best firewood available. Period.

You can read more about what makes us different, but here are a few quick highlights:

  • Our firewood goes through the most rigorous drying process in the industry
  • There are no bugs, mold, or fungus in our wood
  • We hand select each piece of wood to ensure consistent quality
  • The wood is easier to light, creates less smoke, and smells great
  • You know that smoky smell that sticks to you after some fires? That won’t happen with our firewood.
  • We use dense hardwoods that make the wood last longer
  • We have a variety of wood species for a variety of experiences
  • We offer unparalleled customer service
  • We can ship firewood directly to you, anywhere in the continental US
  • We offer an amazing white glove delivery service for customers inside our delivery artisan network
  • We offer complimentary same day delivery on boxes in Atlanta

People love our firewood because it is convenient and provides an amazing experience, every time. We’re confident that you’ll love Cutting Edge Firewood too!

Which species of wood is best for a bonfire?

Lots of people ask us which type of wood is best for an outdoor bonfire.

First, you want to make sure you’re using some quality kiln dried firewood. This will help ensure everyone has a great experience because it will be easier to light, smoke less, and have a better aroma. Seasoned firewood brings a host of problems and we recommend avoiding it.

Second, you want to burn hardwoods instead of softwoods like pine. Softwoods burn very quickly and create more dark smoke that can make you feel like you’re choking.

We offer three primary hardwoods: oak, hickory, and cherry. Each is great for bonfires and has it’s own unique properties.

Variety of Wood Species

Cherry, for instance, has a sweet aroma and creates the least heat. If it’s a warm summer night, that cooler fire might be perfect!

Hickory, on the other hand, creates a classic wood fire aroma, lasts the longest, and creates the most heat. If you want to experience the best burning wood available, the hickory is your best choice.

Oak is a great all-arounder. It burns hotter than cherry but cooler than hickory. It has a subtle aroma and can burn for a long time. It’s a popular choice for outdoor fire pits everywhere!

What’s in the Box of Firewood?

While you may want to enjoy a fire this weekend, you may not need to fill an entire rack. If you’re after a smaller amount of firewood, but still want a great experience, then our boxes are a great choice.

The Cutting Edge box of firewood includes everything you need for 2-4 amazing fireside experiences. In every box, you will find:

  • Our 16″ standard cut firewood
  • excelsior fire starters
  • 4 pieces of heart pine
  • 8 pieces of kindling
  • 1 Box of Cigar Matches
  • Our boxes of firewood are 17″ x 14″ x 16″ and contain up to 50 pounds of kiln dried wood

Boxes are really convenient because we can ship or deliver quickly. Boxes arrive at your front door and can easily be moved to your fireplace, fire pit, or grill. The wood is safe to store inside, outside, or in your garage.

  • Oak Firewood Box

    $59.00

    Oak is a timeless classic, and a popular hardwood firewood from one of America’s most iconic trees. Oak has a more subtle aroma than hickory or cherry. It burns hotter and longer than cherry, but cooler and not as long as hickory. For many of our customers, oak is their first experience with our kiln dried firewood.

    This box of oak firewood includes everything you need for 2-4 amazing fireside experiences, including fire starters, kindling, matches, and firewood. See full details below.

  • Hickory Firewood Box

    $59.00

    Hickory is our best seller, and for good reason. Kiln dried hickory firewood burns hotter and longer than any other firewood we offer. The signature aroma and crackle bring back positive memories from childhood and make it a customer favorite. Enthusiasts and casual burners alike have something to love.

    This box of hickory firewood includes everything you need for 2-4 amazing fireside experiences, including fire starters, kindling, matches, and firewood. See full details below.

  • Cherry Firewood Box

    $69.00

    There is a reason George Washington cut down his father’s cherry tree: it makes for some incredible firewood! Cherry displays beautifully, burns less hot than hickory or oak, and it offers a subtle sweet aroma that will provide your home with a welcoming atmosphere for your family and guests alike.  Our Cherry Firewood is absolutely amazing.  This is our all around favorite firewood box.  

    This box of cherry firewood includes everything you need for 2-4 amazing fireside experiences, including fire starters, kindling, matches, and firewood. See full details below.

Need a lot of firewood this summer? Try our racks!

If you plan to have lots of bonfires this summer (or cook lots of food) then you need to try our racks.

We neatly stack firewood inside racks that are 2′ wide and 4′ tall, and each rack has enough firewood for 15-25 fireside experiences.

For local delivery customers, we deliver the rack (or racks) of firewood wherever you want. We can place it inside or outside, upstairs or downstairs. The delivery is truly no mess and no stress for you! We will stack the wood into your existing rack, or we’re also happy to loan you our patent-pending metal firewood rack that is both stylish and sturdy.

Cherry Cooking Wood Rack Subscription - Once a Month

If you are outside of our local delivery area, then we can still ship the firewood racks to you!  Racks ship on a pallet and are delivered to your driveway. We ship inside wooden racks that are 2′ wide and 4′ tall – this is the perfect size for moving the wood around your home with a hand truck. You can also receive the wood inside our metal racks for an additional fee.

When it comes to shipping racks, the more racks you ship, the lower the total cost of shipping. Learn more about our rack shipping service, or checkout the 16″ Ultimate Firewood Package which offers the best possible value when shipping firewood.

  • Cherry Firewood Rack

    $299.00

    There is a reason George Washington cut down his father’s cherry tree: it makes for some incredible firewood! Cherry displays beautifully, burns less hot than hickory or oak, and it offers a sweet aroma that will provide your home with a welcoming atmosphere for your family and guests alike.  Our Cherry Firewood is absolutely amazing.  

    Our patent metal rack of cherry is 2′ wide and 4′ tall with enough quality firewood for 15-25 amazing fireside experiences. View more details below.

    Firewood Rack Service

    Cutting Edge Firewood proudly offers firewood rack services nationwide. 

    • If you live within our “local delivery network” (Atlanta, Nashville, Charlotte, Chattanooga, Greenville and greater metro areas) you will receive a metal rack personally delivered by our Artisans.
    • If you live outside of our “local delivery network” across the United States, our rack products will be shipped via a freight company in a wooden rack to the end of your driveway.  Upgrade to Cutting Edge Firewood Metal Rack is available via phone.
  • Hickory Firewood Rack

    $299.00

    Hickory is one of our best sellers, and for good reason. Kiln dried hickory firewood burns hotter and longer than any other firewood we offer. The signature aroma and crackle bring back positive memories from childhood and make it a customer favorite. Enthusiasts and casual burners alike have something to love.

    Our patent metal rack of hickory is 2′ wide and 4′ tall with enough quality firewood for 15-25 amazing fireside experiences. View more details below.

    Firewood Rack Service

    Cutting Edge Firewood proudly offers firewood rack services nationwide. 

    • If you live within our “local delivery network” (Atlanta, Nashville, Charlotte, Chattanooga, Greenville and greater metro areas) you will receive a metal rack personally delivered by our Artisans.
    • If you live outside of our “local delivery network” across the United States, our rack products will be shipped via a freight company in a wooden rack to the end of your driveway.  Upgrade to Cutting Edge Firewood Metal Rack is available via phone.

     

  • Oak Firewood Rack

    $255.00

    Oak is a timeless classic, and a popular hardwood firewood from one of America’s most iconic trees. Oak has a more subtle aroma than hickory or cherry. It burns hotter and longer than cherry, but cooler and not as long as hickory. For many of our customers, oak is their first experience with our kiln dried firewood.

    Our patent metal rack of oak is 2′ wide and 4′ tall with enough quality firewood for 15-25 amazing fireside experiences. It is filled with our 16″ standard cut firewood.

    Firewood Rack Service

    Cutting Edge Firewood proudly offers firewood rack services nationwide. 

    • If you live within our “local delivery network” (Atlanta, Nashville, Charlotte, Chattanooga, Greenville and greater metro areas) you will receive a metal rack personally delivered by our Artisans.
    • If you live outside of our “local delivery network” across the United States, our rack products will be shipped via a freight company in a wooden rack to the end of your driveway.  Upgrade to Cutting Edge Firewood Metal Rack is available via phone.
  • Ultimate 16″ Bulk Firewood Package

    $1,699.00

    Looking for the best firewood available? Our Ultimate 16″ Bulk Firewood Package includes everything you need for a great season of memorable fires. This package includes 5 racks of firewood, and you get to choose which ones!

    Why is our firewood the best? It undergoes a rigorous drying process, spending 48 hours in a kiln at 250 degrees. This is 12 times longer than FDA requirements, and guarantees that our wood is extremely dry, has no bugs, mold, or fungus, is easier to light, and burns brightly with less smoke. You’ll see the difference from the first match.

    The Ultimate package includes more than just 5 racks of wood, however. Each package also includes…

    The Ultimate package contains up to a $2,000 retail value. Add it to your cart to reveal our special pricing for this amazing package. You can mix and match any of the following racks.

    If you’re interested in a smaller order, check out our firewood boxes for shipping.

Go big with our 24″ and 30″ Firewood Cuts

If you have a large fire pit and want to enjoy a truly spectacular fire, then checkout our extended length firewood. We have a variety of wood species that are 24″ long and 30″ long and they are great for summer time bonfires.

We offer the 24″ in cherry, hickory, oak, and in our unique Uncut Rounds. Uncut rounds are exactly what they sound like – large pieces of wood that have not been split. You need a very hot fire to get them lit, but they can burn for hours at a time. It’s a fun way to enjoy a long summer night and not need to keep adding firewood the whole time.

Uncut Rounds stacked on a 4x8 rack with 24" hickory

We also offer 30″ hickory firewood and 30″ oak firewood for the mega fire enthusiast. These might just be the largest commercial pieces of firewood you can find in the world, and they burn incredibly well.

All of our extended length firewood is offered as part of our complimentary delivery artisan service, or we can also ship the longer length firewood as well.

  • 24″ Length Oak Firewood – Full Order

    $549.00

    Oak is a timeless classic, and a popular hardwood firewood from one of America’s most iconic trees. Oak has a more subtle aroma than hickory or cherry. It burns hotter and longer than cherry, but cooler and not as long as hickory. For many of our customers, oak is their first experience with our kiln dried firewood.

    Our standard cut of oak is 16 inches, but this 24 inch, extended length firewood is ideal for oversized fireplaces and fire pits. You’ll need more space to store it, but extended length pieces look very impressive both on display and while lit. We also offer oak in 30 inch long cuts.

    One order will fill 4’ x 4’ rack (not included). View more details below.

  • 30″ Length Hickory Firewood – Full Order

    $999.00

    Longer length Hickory Firewood is about the same thickness as our standard cut, but comes in 30 inch long pieces. Longer length firewood is ideal for oversized fireplaces and fire pits. You’ll need more space to store it, but extended length pieces look very impressive both on display and while lit. 

    One order will fill 4’ x 4’ rack (not included). Because it is nearly twice the length of our standard cut, one order will provide you with lots of great firewood.

  • Ultimate 24″ Bulk Firewood Package

    $1,399.00

    24″ Firewood is an awesome way to fill a larger fireplace or fire pit. It can also make a decorative statement year round. Not only do we offer the best firewood in the world, but you’d be hard pressed to find cuts like this anywhere else.

    The 24″ Ultimate package is shipped on a palate and includes Complimentary shipping, a Hand Truck, 1 box of standard cut firewood (so you can give something else a try), and 1 Fire Starter package that includes a Oak Kindling, Heart Pine Bundle, and Excelsior Fire Starters.

    This 24″ package will completely fill an existing 4′ x 4′ rack. Mix or match your choice of the following, choosing 4 Racks of Firewood, 24″ length:

  • Ultimate 30″ Bulk Firewood Package

    $1,699.00

    30″ Firewood is big. We mean really big. If you’re looking to fill a large fireplace or fire pit, or you want to make a decorative statement, then look no further than our 30″ firewood. Not only is it the best firewood in the world, but you’d be hard pressed to find cuts like this anywhere else.

    The 30″ Ultimate package is shipped on a palate and includes Complimentary shipping, a Hand Truck, 1 box of standard cut firewood (so you can give something else a try), and 1 Fire Starter package that includes a Oak Kindling, Heart Pine Bundle, and Excelsior Fire Starters.

    This 30″ package will completely fill an existing 4′ x 4′ rack. Mix or match your choice of the following, choosing 4 Racks of Firewood, 30″ length:

What about Cooking Wood?

If you spend enough time around the fire, then you’re going to get hungry! Humans have cooked over wood fires for thousands of years, and it’s making a comeback.

Microwaves and gas ovens may be convenient, but they cannot replace the incredible flavor that comes from cooking over wood. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for firewood for your pizza ovens, chunks for your Big Green Egg, splits for your offset smoker, or cooking logs for your open pit fire or oversized grill. We’ve got you covered.

Just like our firewood, we can ship or deliver inside boxes or racks. All of our cooking wood is extremely clean – this will ensure you only add quality wood flavor to your food. You wouldn’t want to use wood that is musty or wet – that will make your food taste musty!

As Craig Tabor, Live Fire Chef, says, “To finish with a high quality product, you have to start with one. Everything that goes into to dish is an ingredient, firewood included. That’s why I start with Cutting Edge Firewood.”

Summer time is meant to be delicious, so start right by cooking with Cutting Edge Firewood!

  • The Smoking Chunks Variety Pack

    $49.00$159.00

    Are you a backyard BBQ Master? Have you given your grills their own special name? Then you need to try our world class cooking chunks. Our Variety Pack offers the perfect way to experience a variety of unmatched flavors. These boxes also make for the perfect gift for the smoking enthusiast in your life.

    Cutting Edge Firewood produces the best possible smoking chunks because the best food deserves the best flavor. Each variety pack contains a number of Pecan, Cherry, Hickory, and Oak chunks. We offer two sizes:

    • The Standard Box is 8.5” x 8.5” x 8.5” and has enough chunks for 8-12 meals.
    • Our large variety box contains 4 standard-sized boxes.

    This is an amazing way to enhance the flavor of your cooks. Order today to receive complimentary shipping nationwide!

  • Pizza Cut Cooking Wood

    $89.00$399.00

    Want to make pizza in your backyard that gives your friends and family a true taste of Italy? Then make sure you use Cutting Edge Firewood’s premium pizza cut firewood.

    We partnered with professional pizza chefs to design the perfect wood for wood fired pizza ovens. All of our wood is perfectly dry, dense, and cut to enable a fast lighting fire that burns hotter and longer than anything else in the market. The incredibly clean oak flavor will give you the confidence of knowing that you’re making your best pizza.

    Boxes have enough wood for 20-30 pizzas and racks have enough for up to 200 pizzas.  Each piece of pizza cut wood is 16″ long and 1-2″ thick. We can ship or deliver inside our boxes or racks.  If you have a smaller pizza oven like the Ooni Pro or Ooni Karu, then make sure you check out our miniature pizza cut wood! 

    Pizza Cut Cooking Wood Box includes kindling and fire starters along with complimentary shipping.

    Choose your quantity of racks or boxes and then add to cart to begin your incredibly delicious pizza making experience.

  • Pecan Cooking Wood Box

    $69.00

    Pecan is the most legendary cooking wood in the South, and Cutting Edge Firewood offers the best Pecan available. Maybe that’s why our Pecan Cooking wood was featured in Garden and Gun magazine.

    These 16″ split pecan logs provide the perfect flavor for any smoking and barbecue enthusiasts. Pecan burns hotter and longer, and it ignites quickly and easily. Because of our rigorous drying process, you know that all of our pecan wood will arrive dry and free from bugs, mold, or fungus. That means your food gets nothing but the best.

    Give your team the competitive edge it needs by selecting Pecan cooking wood from Cutting Edge Firewood.

    Boxes of Pecan ship nationwide and usually include complimentary shipping!

  • 8″ Cooking Wood Splits Variety Pack – Large Box

    $159.00

    Our Large sized cooking wood split variety pack includes 4 different types of splits. It’s the perfect gift for the smoking enthusiast in your life or a great way to experience a variety of flavors throughout the year.

    Our cooking wood splits are the perfect size for people looking to cook with miniature logs – each one is about 8 inches long and cut to fit into smaller smokers, vertical smokers, and offset smokers. You don’t want to settle for wood that can’t get hot enough or that will give your food a musty flavor, so choose the best. Choose Cutting Edge Firewood!

    Our large variety box is 17” x 17” x 8.5” and contains all 4 standard smaller boxes, one each of Pecan, Cherry, Hickory, and Oak. Individually those boxes have a value of $216, but when combined they are available for $159!

    Order today to receive complimentary shipping nationwide!

How to Order Firewood in the Summer

If you are ready to enjoy a beautiful fire this summer, then you can place an order right now on our website. All of our products, including fire pits and fire starters, are available on our shop page. You can also shop our most popular summer time firewood products by choosing any of the products on this page!

April 22, 2020

There is nothing more relaxing and sweet than having a warm fire inside your house when it is freezing outside. Winters can be quite harsh, especially for people living in places where winter months consist of ice-covered roads, freezing winds, and mountains of snow. A strong winter storm can knock out all the power lines in your town and leave your homes with no heat and lights. Therefore, it is always important to store firewood in your home.

Other than keeping you warm during the cold season, a good fire creates a relaxing atmosphere that is perfect for spring and autumn days. And of course, the firewood itself can have several other functions, such as improving your interior decorations.

Using firewood for decoration purposes has become a very popular trend. In fact, most interior designers are coming up with new ways to improve the interior décor of houses using firewood. Wood brings warmth and a natural feel to a home that can be quite challenging to introduce with other materials. It adds an inviting natural aroma to your home. So, here are some factors to consider before decorating your house using firewood.

Factors to Consider Before Storing Firewood in Your Home

The Length of the Firewood

Logs can come in all shapes and sizes, so make sure you consider the length and width of the wood you want. The most common length for firewood is about 16 inches, but if you want to display the firewood in a space that is 12 inches deep or 20 inches deep you will need to cut the wood yourself or work with your supplier. Make sure that all the decorative woods are cut evenly and cleanly. The decorative firewood must have the same length, but different widths and shapes will look great.

The Type of Decorative Hardwood to Use

Instead of using one type of wood, you can decorate your home using a wide variety of hardwoods. Mixed logs are ideal for display since an assortment of different firewood with varying color and thickness can add a different texture to your interior design.

Common hardwoods for decoration include hickory, cherry, oak, and beechwood. Each has a unique look, color, and grain.

How to Avoid Bugs and Musty Smells

Quality logs can add a beautiful aroma into your home. Fresh, clean wood awakens the senses as soon as you enter the room.

However, you will want to avoid green firewood and seasoned firewood because they can contain pests, fungus, and mold. Those will create a musty aroma that nobody wants, and bugs are always a bad idea!

So if you want to introduce fresh aroma in your house, make sure you use logs that have been dried in a kiln. At  Cutting Edge Firewood, all of our firewood has been placed in the kiln for over 48 hours at 250 Degrees. This rigorous process gets rid of all the fungus, mold, and bugs. Not only will this dry wood create a better decorations, it will also burn better when you decide to light the fire.

How to Decorate Your Home With Firewood

Decorating the living room with firewood has become quite trendy, and some designs are quite straightforward. Inspire, Design & Create states that you can improve your living room with any budget and still store firewood inside the house for the cold season. Plus, there are several beautiful designs that you can build yourself without the help of a professional. A stack of wood can be turned into a unique artful display that adds style and texture to your home. So here are some stylish and practical designs you can use to decorate your home using firewood.

Use the Vertical Columns in the Living Room

If you want to move all your firewood indoors, you can do it by turning all the elegant columns in the house into beautiful pieces of art. Storing firewood in the vertical columns has become a trend in many contemporary homes. While some of these columns can reach the roof, others are crafted to fit your room’s style and dimension. You can also turn the forgotten corners in your home into beautiful storage nooks.

Since these vertical columns are immovable, it is a good idea to build your ceiling-to-floor firewood storage near the fireplace. This way, you can easily access the logs during winter. Some vertical columns are quite long, and without a ladder you cannot reach the woods placed at the top. But they are worth the trouble since ceiling-to-floor storage can change the entire design of your home.

Photo by Rune Enstad on Unsplash

Store the Firewood in a Basket or Nook Near the Fireplace

Even though it’s quite common, storing the firewood next to the wood-burning stove is not safe. The Fire and Rescue Teams advise people against storing wood or anything combustible next to the fireplace. Storing it next to the hot surface of the wood burners is one of the main causes of fires.

Therefore, you can store them in baskets or alcoves near the fireplace instead. This is one of the simplest DIY methods of storing firewood. You can store them in beautiful vintage or bait buckets and place them near the fireplace. The vintage baskets should blend perfectly with the interior design of the firewood display.


Photo by Flawlessly Framed Real Estate Photography

Cabinet or Bookshelf Replacement

If you have a huge built-in unit in your living room, You can convert the lower cabinets of the built-in units in your home into beautiful firewood holders. You can remove the door of one of the cabinets and arrange the nicely cut logs in the cabinet to create an attractive style that will improve your interior décor. Just make sure the logs have the same length and can fit perfectly in the cabinet. You can also use a bookshelf in the same way!

Choose an Elegant Firewood Rack

There are several wood racks in the market that can fit with your interior décor. These wood racks have different sizes and designs, plus they can be used indoors and outdoors. A wood and metal combo can be an excellent addition to a house with a modern industrial design.

Oak Cooking Wood Rack Subscription - Once a Month

Cutting Edge Firewood delivers our standard cut 16” firewood to local customers inside a sleek, patent pending metal rack that fits nicely into interior spaces. The rack is 2’ wide and 4’ tall and extremely sturdy. It looks great inside or out, and when you take advantage of our complimentary delivery artisan service we can place the rack anywhere you choose.

How to Beautify the Decorative Logs

Decorative log displays can standout on their own; however, you can also add some final touches that will improve your entire fireplace:

  • You can install some fairy lights around the stack of logs to add a pretty twinkle.
  • You can also repaint the surrounding wall with a color that matches with your firewood display or build a stone fireplace that blends perfectly with the logs.
  • If you’re using bookshelves, then try alternating rows with firewood and then pictures or art.

What now?

If you are looking for a trusted provider of firewood that is safe for interior and exterior decorating, then look no further than Cutting Edge Firewood. Feel free to contact us with any questions you might have, we love talking firewood! Visit our online store or shop popular options below:

  • Cherry Firewood Rack

    $299.00

    There is a reason George Washington cut down his father’s cherry tree: it makes for some incredible firewood! Cherry displays beautifully, burns less hot than hickory or oak, and it offers a sweet aroma that will provide your home with a welcoming atmosphere for your family and guests alike.  Our Cherry Firewood is absolutely amazing.  

    Our patent metal rack of cherry is 2′ wide and 4′ tall with enough quality firewood for 15-25 amazing fireside experiences. View more details below.

    Firewood Rack Service

    Cutting Edge Firewood proudly offers firewood rack services nationwide. 

    • If you live within our “local delivery network” (Atlanta, Nashville, Charlotte, Chattanooga, Greenville and greater metro areas) you will receive a metal rack personally delivered by our Artisans.
    • If you live outside of our “local delivery network” across the United States, our rack products will be shipped via a freight company in a wooden rack to the end of your driveway.  Upgrade to Cutting Edge Firewood Metal Rack is available via phone.
  • Hickory Firewood Box

    $59.00

    Hickory is our best seller, and for good reason. Kiln dried hickory firewood burns hotter and longer than any other firewood we offer. The signature aroma and crackle bring back positive memories from childhood and make it a customer favorite. Enthusiasts and casual burners alike have something to love.

    This box of hickory firewood includes everything you need for 2-4 amazing fireside experiences, including fire starters, kindling, matches, and firewood. See full details below.

  • Hickory Firewood Rack

    $299.00

    Hickory is one of our best sellers, and for good reason. Kiln dried hickory firewood burns hotter and longer than any other firewood we offer. The signature aroma and crackle bring back positive memories from childhood and make it a customer favorite. Enthusiasts and casual burners alike have something to love.

    Our patent metal rack of hickory is 2′ wide and 4′ tall with enough quality firewood for 15-25 amazing fireside experiences. View more details below.

    Firewood Rack Service

    Cutting Edge Firewood proudly offers firewood rack services nationwide. 

    • If you live within our “local delivery network” (Atlanta, Nashville, Charlotte, Chattanooga, Greenville and greater metro areas) you will receive a metal rack personally delivered by our Artisans.
    • If you live outside of our “local delivery network” across the United States, our rack products will be shipped via a freight company in a wooden rack to the end of your driveway.  Upgrade to Cutting Edge Firewood Metal Rack is available via phone.

     

  • Mini Fire Pit Wood Box

    $69.00

    Chiminea small wood stove firewood is the perfect size for outdoor chiminea, smaller wood burning stoves and really small fireplaces. Enjoy the kiln dried firewood experience with an assortment of small pieces of wood ranging from approximately 4″ to 14″. Custom sizing is available in 6″ or smaller) or 6″-12″. This chiminea small wood stove firewood can produce more than double the heat of seasoned wood, has an unmatched aroma, starts easier, burns hotter and longer, and produces less smoke.

    Each box is 17″ x 14″ x 16″ and contains about 50 pounds of firewood. We also include 4 fire starters and kindling, giving you everything you need for a great experience. Complimentary shipping in over 25 states!

  • Oak Firewood Box

    $59.00

    Oak is a timeless classic, and a popular hardwood firewood from one of America’s most iconic trees. Oak has a more subtle aroma than hickory or cherry. It burns hotter and longer than cherry, but cooler and not as long as hickory. For many of our customers, oak is their first experience with our kiln dried firewood.

    This box of oak firewood includes everything you need for 2-4 amazing fireside experiences, including fire starters, kindling, matches, and firewood. See full details below.

  • Oak Firewood Rack

    $255.00

    Oak is a timeless classic, and a popular hardwood firewood from one of America’s most iconic trees. Oak has a more subtle aroma than hickory or cherry. It burns hotter and longer than cherry, but cooler and not as long as hickory. For many of our customers, oak is their first experience with our kiln dried firewood.

    Our patent metal rack of oak is 2′ wide and 4′ tall with enough quality firewood for 15-25 amazing fireside experiences. It is filled with our 16″ standard cut firewood.

    Firewood Rack Service

    Cutting Edge Firewood proudly offers firewood rack services nationwide. 

    • If you live within our “local delivery network” (Atlanta, Nashville, Charlotte, Chattanooga, Greenville and greater metro areas) you will receive a metal rack personally delivered by our Artisans.
    • If you live outside of our “local delivery network” across the United States, our rack products will be shipped via a freight company in a wooden rack to the end of your driveway.  Upgrade to Cutting Edge Firewood Metal Rack is available via phone.
  • Pizza Cut Cooking Wood

    $89.00$399.00

    Want to make pizza in your backyard that gives your friends and family a true taste of Italy? Then make sure you use Cutting Edge Firewood’s premium pizza cut firewood.

    We partnered with professional pizza chefs to design the perfect wood for wood fired pizza ovens. All of our wood is perfectly dry, dense, and cut to enable a fast lighting fire that burns hotter and longer than anything else in the market. The incredibly clean oak flavor will give you the confidence of knowing that you’re making your best pizza.

    Boxes have enough wood for 20-30 pizzas and racks have enough for up to 200 pizzas.  Each piece of pizza cut wood is 16″ long and 1-2″ thick. We can ship or deliver inside our boxes or racks.  If you have a smaller pizza oven like the Ooni Pro or Ooni Karu, then make sure you check out our miniature pizza cut wood! 

    Pizza Cut Cooking Wood Box includes kindling and fire starters along with complimentary shipping.

    Choose your quantity of racks or boxes and then add to cart to begin your incredibly delicious pizza making experience.

  • Uncut Rounds

    $25.00$255.00

    Uncut Rounds are unsplit Oak rounds that are 4-8″ in diameter and approximately 24″ long, perfect for that rustic fire feel. These large pieces of wood provide warmth for a small crowd and for an exceptionally long time (2-5 hours per log).

    We recommend starting your fire with Hickory before adding a few Uncut Rounds to ensure a seamless burn and an optimal experience.

    A single log is perfect for trials or for a special occasion. Quarter Order will fill 2’ x 2’ rack. Half Order will fill 4’ x 2’ rack. Full Order will fill 4’ x 4’ rack. Racks sold separately.

April 16, 2020

One of our more unique products is the Uncut Rounds. These larger pieces of wood are 24″ in length and have not been split like typical logs.

This means several things:

  • Uncut Rounds look really cool when on the rack or on display.
  • Uncut Rounds burn for a longer amount of time than any other piece of firewood we sell. Their large size and uncut dimensions means a single log can last anywhere from 3-7 hours!
  • Uncut rounds require the most heat to light on fire. When wood is split, it is simply easier to light.

In this post, we wanted to share a video with you that demonstrates how to properly use an Uncut Round. It takes a little more time, but the effort is worth it. Because our Uncut Rounds have gone through an extensive kiln dry process, these large logs are dry throughout. This allows them to have a nice, steady burn that lasts for hours.

Starting an Uncut Round: What you need to know

There is one primary thing you need to know about using an Uncut Round: The fire needs to be hot.

If you throw a couple pieces of kindling down, start a fire, and then expect the Uncut Round to light immediately, you will be disappointed. Instead, Build up the fire with standard cut pieces of firewood. Once you have a bit of coals and a nice hot fire, then you add the Uncut Round.

There is no special dance, no secret chant, and no lighter fluid necessary. You just need a hot fire. As you can see in the video, when you add the uncut round log to a hot fire, it will start burning very quickly.

Maintaining the Fire

Because the Uncut Round is such a large piece of firewood, you will likely need to add standard cut pieces around it as the fire burns. One uncut round cannot burn by itself, it needs at least 1 or 2 other pieces of firewood to keep the heat going.

If you’re burning your log inside on top of a grate, then it’s probably worth placing a small piece of wood under the grate every couple hours to keep the coal bed nice and hot.

Keep fire lit with an awesome coal base

If you’re outside, the same principles apply. The Uncut Round will provide an excellent base for your fire and burn for multiple hours. Adding a standard cut piece of wood every once in a while, however, will help keep the fire going long into the night.

Obviously, the hotter your fire, the quicker your Uncut Round will burn. But even when you have a large, hot fire these large logs can burn for a really long time!

When to use an Uncut Round?

There are several great opportunities for using an Uncut Round!

Uncut Rounds (Ultimate Extended Burn) - Full Order

  • Spending a long, cold day by the fire? Then let an Uncut Round carry the load.
  • Enjoy a Yule Log as part of your Christmas celebration.
  • Hosting a party that’s going to last all night? Use an uncut round or two to ensure the fire goes all night too.
  • Tired of adding wood to the fire? Then add an uncut round and you won’t have to add as much!
  • Want to make your fire get big? An uncut round can be a strong foundation for the flame.

How We Package Uncut Rounds

If you’d like to give our Uncut Rounds a try, there are several ways to receive them.

First, you can order a single uncut round log. It’s great to have a couple available for special occasions.

Second, we sell uncut rounds by the order, half order, or quarter order. One order of uncut rounds gets delivered on 4 wooden racks. One order will completely fill a 4×4 rack. If you don’t need that many Uncut Rounds, then you can always order half an order or a quarter order.

If you’re in our local delivery area, then our delivery artisans will stack the uncut rounds into your existing rack – this service is complimentary!

Uncut Rounds stacked on a 4x8 rack with 24" hickory

And of course, we can deliver and stack our standard cut firewood alongside the uncut rounds.

You can shop all of our kiln dried firewood on our online store, or order Uncut Rounds below:

  • Uncut Rounds (Ultimate Extended Burn) – One Log

    $25.00

    Uncut Rounds are unsplit Oak rounds that are 4-8″ in diameter and approximately 24″ long, perfect for that rustic fire feel. These large pieces of wood provide warmth for a small crowd and for an exceptionally long time (2-5 hours per log).

    We recommend starting your fire with Hickory before adding a few Uncut Rounds to ensure a seamless burn and an optimal experience.

    A single log is perfect for trials or for a special occasion. Quarter Order will fill 2’ x 2’ rack. Half Order will fill 4’ x 2’ rack. Full Order will fill 4’ x 4’ rack. Rack not included

  • Uncut Rounds

    $25.00$255.00

    Uncut Rounds are unsplit Oak rounds that are 4-8″ in diameter and approximately 24″ long, perfect for that rustic fire feel. These large pieces of wood provide warmth for a small crowd and for an exceptionally long time (2-5 hours per log).

    We recommend starting your fire with Hickory before adding a few Uncut Rounds to ensure a seamless burn and an optimal experience.

    A single log is perfect for trials or for a special occasion. Quarter Order will fill 2’ x 2’ rack. Half Order will fill 4’ x 2’ rack. Full Order will fill 4’ x 4’ rack. Racks sold separately.

  • Ultimate 24″ Bulk Firewood Package

    $1,399.00

    24″ Firewood is an awesome way to fill a larger fireplace or fire pit. It can also make a decorative statement year round. Not only do we offer the best firewood in the world, but you’d be hard pressed to find cuts like this anywhere else.

    The 24″ Ultimate package is shipped on a palate and includes Complimentary shipping, a Hand Truck, 1 box of standard cut firewood (so you can give something else a try), and 1 Fire Starter package that includes a Oak Kindling, Heart Pine Bundle, and Excelsior Fire Starters.

    This 24″ package will completely fill an existing 4′ x 4′ rack. Mix or match your choice of the following, choosing 4 Racks of Firewood, 24″ length:

  • Oak Firewood Box

    $59.00

    Oak is a timeless classic, and a popular hardwood firewood from one of America’s most iconic trees. Oak has a more subtle aroma than hickory or cherry. It burns hotter and longer than cherry, but cooler and not as long as hickory. For many of our customers, oak is their first experience with our kiln dried firewood.

    This box of oak firewood includes everything you need for 2-4 amazing fireside experiences, including fire starters, kindling, matches, and firewood. See full details below.

  • Hickory Firewood Rack

    $299.00

    Hickory is one of our best sellers, and for good reason. Kiln dried hickory firewood burns hotter and longer than any other firewood we offer. The signature aroma and crackle bring back positive memories from childhood and make it a customer favorite. Enthusiasts and casual burners alike have something to love.

    Our patent metal rack of hickory is 2′ wide and 4′ tall with enough quality firewood for 15-25 amazing fireside experiences. View more details below.

    Firewood Rack Service

    Cutting Edge Firewood proudly offers firewood rack services nationwide. 

    • If you live within our “local delivery network” (Atlanta, Nashville, Charlotte, Chattanooga, Greenville and greater metro areas) you will receive a metal rack personally delivered by our Artisans.
    • If you live outside of our “local delivery network” across the United States, our rack products will be shipped via a freight company in a wooden rack to the end of your driveway.  Upgrade to Cutting Edge Firewood Metal Rack is available via phone.

     

  • Hickory Firewood Box

    $59.00

    Hickory is our best seller, and for good reason. Kiln dried hickory firewood burns hotter and longer than any other firewood we offer. The signature aroma and crackle bring back positive memories from childhood and make it a customer favorite. Enthusiasts and casual burners alike have something to love.

    This box of hickory firewood includes everything you need for 2-4 amazing fireside experiences, including fire starters, kindling, matches, and firewood. See full details below.

March 19, 2020

Life has a way of moving fast, but we often make the greatest memories during the slow moments.

If you’re looking for a way to slow down, relax, or connect with your family at home then we have you covered.

We’re writing this article during the Covid-19 pandemic, so many of you are already spending more time around the house and anxiety levels are understandably higher. We think these ideas will help families make the best of a hard situation, but we also know that these will be effective ways to relax and connect for years to come!

1) Watch a Fire

This is a very simple, straightforward way to relax. We’re not just saying this because we deliver firewood, it’s actually backed by scientific research. Watching a fire can lower your blood pressure and reduce anxiety. “Findings confirm that hearth and campfires induce relaxation as part of a multi-sensory, absorptive, and social experience.”

Fire that stays lit

People have gathered around fires for thousands of years, and for good reason. Everything about the fire works to help us relax – watching the flames dance, listening to the crackle of the wood, enjoying the aroma, and feeling the warmth are all great for our mental health. It also helps us disconnect from technology and talk and listen to the people closest to us.

If you’re looking to build a fire during warmer months, don’t be afraid to take it outside to the fire pit. We also recommend giving our cherry firewood a try, it has a great aroma and burns at a cooler temperature than hickory or oak firewood.

2) Connect through Questions

Whether you are hanging out by the fire, dinner table, or living room, questions are a great way to spark conversation and learn new things about people you love. The answers you hear from your spouse or kids might surprise you!

You can obviously make your own questions up, but sometimes it can help to use some existing ones. We like this list of 20 Conversation Starters while Camping or this list of 20 Questions when you are stuck at home.

3) Make S’mores

Cooking s’mores is fun and delicious. It is an important skill for children and adults everywhere.

And if you want it to be even more memorable, then get creative with your s’more ingredients! Use chocolate chip cookies instead of graham crackers, try Reese’s instead of Hershey’s, or make a double stack with extra marshmallow!

The Ultimate Guide to S'mores

If you want advice or ideas on improving your s’mores game, then make sure you checkout our ultimate guide to making the perfect s’more.

4) Exercise

They say that chopping firewood warms you up twice – once when you chop the wood and then again when you make the fire. Since we take care of the chopping and stacking of the firewood (and provide the best quality), you now have free time to do exercise that is actually fun!

Go for a walk, go for a run, play with your pets (they need exercise too!), join a workout online, play freeze tag, go for a swim, lift some weights. Pick your favorite activity and go for it! This study from Harvard shows how exercise actually helps us relax and is great for mental health as well as physical health.

And of course, when you’re done exercising you will probably be hungry, which brings us to our next relaxation idea…

5) Get Cooking, and do it right!

America lives off of convenience food, but there is something special about making food from scratch. It just tastes better, and it has a way of reminding us of some of our favorite moments in life.

Eating at home together is also a great experience. Restaurants are fun, but they can be noisy and loud and make it hard to connect with anyone not sitting next to you. The home, however, was made for mealtime together.

As you might expect, our favorite place to cook is outside and around the fire! Cooking over wood produces amazing flavor and an aroma that will catch people’s attention from miles away. We put together a list of 8 Epic Recipes for Cooking over Wood that will help you get started!

6) Get the kids involved

No matter how you choose to relax or unwind, make sure you get the kids involved. Spending time around the fire? Teach them how to  start one with a single match if they’re old enough. Cooking something? Let them participate – even if it’s just mixing the ingredients. Connecting with questions? Kids love questions!

Even if you’re doing something productive like yard work or organizing your home, involving the kids is a great way to teach them about living and help them feel connected. Depending on their age, they may help you get work done faster or slower, but the important thing is that you use the time to connect and teach them.

7) Play Games together

Games are a great way to relax and connect. Granted, if you’re really competitive then you may not relax at all, but at least you’ll be able to focus on something fun and close to home!

Game night around the Fire

Everyone has their favorite board games and card games and those are all great ideas. Here is a good collection of games to play with kids, and many of them require supplies you already have at home. If you want to try a new game that’s a bit more advanced, this list of board games for adults has some awesome ideas.

8) Relax with Music

Music, like fire, has been proven to help people relax. Play your favorite music around the kitchen, by the fire pit, or wherever you happen to be. If you can play your own instrument, then this is a great time to practice! But if you’re not very musical, then perhaps it’s best to let the professionals do their thing.

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If you need inspiration for some good songs, check out our fireside music playlist.

9) Enjoy a date night at home:

Just because you stay at home doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a romantic evening. Make a fancy drink or two, snuggle up with your significant other to watch a movie, and, if you really want to take it to the next level, enjoy a crackling fire. You can do this every night if you want – it’s the perfect time to binge watch a tv show and catch up on everything you have missed!

Our boxes of firewood make this easier than ever before. Stay at home – We deliver the firewood to you and each box includes everything you need! Boxes ship nationwide and we can even provide a complimentary same day delivery service in the Atlanta area.

10) Go Camping

When you have great weather, why not spend the night outside? You could go somewhere isolated like the mountains or the lake, but don’t ignore how fun it can be to simply pitch a tent in the backyard and get the kids together for a great time!

Camping in your own backyardTeach the kids how to pitch a tent, get the fire pit going, make some hot dogs and s’mores, share some spooky stories, and have a fun night sleeping under the stars. If you want to take this idea to the next level, then make sure you check out our guide to hosting a campout in your own backyard for kids. We also have a fun guide with 11 tips for telling better campfire stories.

Join Us

We’re taking some time to slow down this season and connect with those closest to us. We hope you will join us!

And of course, if you want more great ideas for creating memories and connecting with others then make sure you subscribe to our newsletter below:

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How to stay warm - fire
January 17, 2020

Cold nights can be tough sometimes, but they don’t have to be. In fact, cold nights present a great opportunity to get loved ones together and connect.

If you’re dreading the cold or looking for a way to make the most of a night stuck inside, then look no further. There are some very practical things you can do to stay warm (block drafts or turn up the thermostat), but in this blog we’re going to focus on doing things that are actually fun and memorable as well.

Here are 8 great ways to stay warm and make memories on a cold night.

1) Make some Hot Drinks

Warm drinks are great for keeping you warm. They are fun to make, keep your hands warm, and they warm your whole body as you drink them. Most importantly, they can be delicious!

If it’s a really cold night, then we recommend going all out with your hot drink. Don’t just make hot chocolate, add some whipped cream and chocolate syrup and marshmallows. If you want some inspiration, check out these 25 hot chocolate recipes from Country Living.

2) Get out the blankets for a movie night

Thanks to streaming services like Netflix and Disney Plus, movie nights have never been easier. Grab a blanket or three, and snuggle up together on the couch. Put the phones away so that you can all enjoy the same story together, and stay warm under the blankets!

If it’s really cold, you can always watch a movie that will help keep you warm. Depending on your preference, there are several genres that could work for this:

  • Live vicariously through some characters who go to the beach
  • Get your heart racing with a thriller or scary movie
  • Watch something sentimental and heart warming
  • If it’s really cold, watch a movie about volcanos or journeys through the desert

3) Play Games together

We get a lot of screen time, so why not skip the movie night and play games together instead? Playing games near the fire is a great way to stay warm, or you could always play a more active game like Charades, Twister, or Cranium. Having fun and laughing together is a great way to forget about the cold and connect with others.

Game night around the Fire

And of course, any level of competition can get “heated.” So grab a few of our favorite games and start playing something together!

4) Tell some stories

Snuggling together under the blankets isn’t just for movies – it’s also a great chance to share stories. Life is hectic and chaotic, but we desperately need moments together to share stories and connect. When it’s cold outside everything freezes, put your worries on ice for a bit and spend time together talking with those nearest to you.

Doing this around the fire always seems to enhance the experience. Looking at a phone screen distracts you from conversation, but somehow looking at a fire always has the opposite effect. It’s mesmerizing, but not distracting. You can even turn the lights down and tell some scary ones, or laugh together about funny memories. Check out our guide to great storytelling around the fire.

5) Bake something delicious

One of my favorite things to eat on the planet is Blackberry Cobbler. It’s perfect on a cold night because it’s so warm and delicious and I just want to eat 4 bowls of it. But there are many wonderful things to bake, and on a cold night you can bake all of them.

Photo by Taylor Grote on Unsplash

So don’t limit the amount of time you spend baking – that oven will help warm the kitchen and area around it. This is a win win – not only do you get some warm food from baking, you get some warm air as well. Bake something for dinner, bake something for dessert, and just to be safe, bake something for a second dessert. Looking for ideas? Taste of Home has an epic list of 40 warm desserts on a cold night.

6) Make a Fort

I always loved making a fort as a kid. Now that I’m an adult, I still secretly love making forts. Hang the sheets and blankets around your couches and chairs and coffee table, it will give you a more intimate space to hang out together. It will even create a small layer of insulation, keeping you warm.

For the next level win, build the fort in such a way that you can still see the fire, watch a movie, or play games together. You can even go all out and gather extra blankets, pillows, and cushions and have an indoor campout by spending the whole night in the fort.

7) Gather around the fire

Building a nice fire is an awesome way to stay warm because it can make every other idea on this list more memorable. Enjoy a movie with the fire crackling below, tell stories around the fire, or enjoy hot chocolate while watching the fire dance.

When it’s cold, you want to choose firewood that will light easily and quickly so that you don’t have to wait too long for the heat. You also don’t want to use wet wood – the heat energy gets consumed by the moisture and won’t warm you up. Using properly kiln dried firewood from Cutting Edge will guarantee your fire is easy to light, burns bright and hot, and will help keep the chimney more clean and safe.

Learn how to start a fire the Cutting Edge way with this video:

8) Make s’mores inside

Making s’mores is an awesome tradition around campfires and bonfires, but you can also make s’mores on the indoor fire! Gather around the fireplace with some marshmallows, chocolate, and graham crackers and get to roasting those marshmallows. Making s’mores gets you close to the fire, which is going to warm you up. It also gives you a warm and delicious treat.

Once again, don’t feel limited to the traditional s’more ingredients. Get creative and make it a more memorable experience. Check out our ultimate guide to making s’mores for more!

Be Prepared – Stock Up on Firewood Today

There’s nothing worse than realizing you’re stuck on a cold night without firewood. Stock up now so you can be prepared when cold weather strikes. Cutting Edge Firewood is completely free from bugs and mold, so it’s safe to store inside or in the garage. That way, you won’t have to venture out into the cold when you want to enjoy a nice fire!

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What is a Yule Log
December 16, 2019

One of the oldest Christmas traditions is the Yule Log. There are even references to burning a yule log as far back as the 1200s!

What is the tradition? Well it depends on which country you ask:

  • Scandinavians used to burn an entire tree over several days, starting with the stump end.
  • In France, the whole family would cut a piece of the log each day of the 12 days of Christmas.
  • In other countries, you wouldn’t light the yule log until Christmas Eve.
  • Some countries always saved some of the yule log at the end of Christmas, using the leftovers as the first piece to light next Christmas.
  • Others, of course, made sure that you burned the entire thing!

Yule Logs

Although there is a variety of traditions around the yule log, all of them have one thing in common: The yule log was meant to be a gathering place for friends and family to connect, stay warm, and enjoy the holidays.

If you would like to enjoy a yule log yourself, then look no further than our 24″ long uncut rounds! They burn longer than any other piece of firewood we offer, and they are the perfect way to help keep a fire going throughout the holidays.

How to Burn a Yule Log from Cutting Edge Firewood

Our family burned an Uncut Round (aka Yule Log) on Christmas Eve and it lasted for 7 hours! Watch the following video for tips and tricks on getting the yule log to light and stay burning for hours on end:

The main principle to remember for lighting a yule log is this: make sure you add one to a fire that is already hot!

You need to start the fire with quality split firewood from one of our boxes or racks so you have a great experience. As you can see in the video above, if you add an uncut round to a hot fire then it will light with ease. Best of all, once they get going they don’t stop for a long time!

Make Sure your Firewood has been Kiln Dried

If you want the best and the safest experience, you’ll want to burn yule logs that have gone through a rigorous drying process. It may be tempting to use a log that’s been seasoning in your backyard for a while, but that presents several risks.

Here is a list of reasons you should choose kiln dried firewood:

  • Kiln dried firewood has a lower moisture content, which makes it easier to light and produce less smoke
  • Creosote is a dangerous substance that attaches to the inside of your chimney when you burn wood with too much moisture. Prevent creosote build-up by only using kiln dried firewood.
  • Seasoned firewood is rotting and likely contains bugs, mold, and fungus. Our kiln dried firewood is delivered clean, and therefore is safe to store or burn inside.
  • The wood from your backyard will provide a musty smell – not ideal for yuletide joy! Our dry firewood has a fresh, clean aroma that really adds to the holiday cheer.
  • Kiln dried firewood produces brighter flames, giving you something more beautiful to watch.
  • Kiln dried firewood also creates more heat, giving your family a warm area to gather on cold winter days.

Some people believe that kiln dried firewood burns more quickly, because it is more dry. This, however, is not the case when it goes through the Cutting Edge drying process. Because our wood goes to the kiln fresh, it has not had any time to decompose. This means the wood we deliver is very dense, allowing for optimal burn times that can last far longer than wood you’ve experienced in the past.

Order a Yule Log Today

We ship and deliver our Uncut Rounds throughout the United States. If you’re looking for one or two logs to enjoy a special occasion like Thanksgiving or Christmas, you can order single logs. If you want to have long fires throughout the year, then we recommend getting an order or half-order of Uncut Rounds.

These uncut rounds make for amazing gifts as well!

Remember, you don’t want to only order the Yule Log! It’s important to have quality, kiln dried firewood as base. Every piece of firewood we sell has spent 48 hours inside a 250 degree kiln – this means it is extremely dry and clean. It’s easier to light, burns brighter and hotter, and provides a better experience. You can order our standard cut firewood by the box or by the rack.

You can shop all of our kiln dried firewood products or view some of our most popular below:

  • Uncut Rounds

    $25.00$255.00

    Uncut Rounds are unsplit Oak rounds that are 4-8″ in diameter and approximately 24″ long, perfect for that rustic fire feel. These large pieces of wood provide warmth for a small crowd and for an exceptionally long time (2-5 hours per log).

    We recommend starting your fire with Hickory before adding a few Uncut Rounds to ensure a seamless burn and an optimal experience.

    A single log is perfect for trials or for a special occasion. Quarter Order will fill 2’ x 2’ rack. Half Order will fill 4’ x 2’ rack. Full Order will fill 4’ x 4’ rack. Racks sold separately.

  • Ultimate 24″ Bulk Firewood Package

    $1,399.00

    24″ Firewood is an awesome way to fill a larger fireplace or fire pit. It can also make a decorative statement year round. Not only do we offer the best firewood in the world, but you’d be hard pressed to find cuts like this anywhere else.

    The 24″ Ultimate package is shipped on a palate and includes Complimentary shipping, a Hand Truck, 1 box of standard cut firewood (so you can give something else a try), and 1 Fire Starter package that includes a Oak Kindling, Heart Pine Bundle, and Excelsior Fire Starters.

    This 24″ package will completely fill an existing 4′ x 4′ rack. Mix or match your choice of the following, choosing 4 Racks of Firewood, 24″ length:

  • Oak Firewood Rack

    $255.00

    Oak is a timeless classic, and a popular hardwood firewood from one of America’s most iconic trees. Oak has a more subtle aroma than hickory or cherry. It burns hotter and longer than cherry, but cooler and not as long as hickory. For many of our customers, oak is their first experience with our kiln dried firewood.

    Our patent metal rack of oak is 2′ wide and 4′ tall with enough quality firewood for 15-25 amazing fireside experiences. It is filled with our 16″ standard cut firewood.

    Firewood Rack Service

    Cutting Edge Firewood proudly offers firewood rack services nationwide. 

    • If you live within our “local delivery network” (Atlanta, Nashville, Charlotte, Chattanooga, Greenville and greater metro areas) you will receive a metal rack personally delivered by our Artisans.
    • If you live outside of our “local delivery network” across the United States, our rack products will be shipped via a freight company in a wooden rack to the end of your driveway.  Upgrade to Cutting Edge Firewood Metal Rack is available via phone.
  • Oak Firewood Box

    $59.00

    Oak is a timeless classic, and a popular hardwood firewood from one of America’s most iconic trees. Oak has a more subtle aroma than hickory or cherry. It burns hotter and longer than cherry, but cooler and not as long as hickory. For many of our customers, oak is their first experience with our kiln dried firewood.

    This box of oak firewood includes everything you need for 2-4 amazing fireside experiences, including fire starters, kindling, matches, and firewood. See full details below.

  • Hickory Firewood Rack

    $299.00

    Hickory is one of our best sellers, and for good reason. Kiln dried hickory firewood burns hotter and longer than any other firewood we offer. The signature aroma and crackle bring back positive memories from childhood and make it a customer favorite. Enthusiasts and casual burners alike have something to love.

    Our patent metal rack of hickory is 2′ wide and 4′ tall with enough quality firewood for 15-25 amazing fireside experiences. View more details below.

    Firewood Rack Service

    Cutting Edge Firewood proudly offers firewood rack services nationwide. 

    • If you live within our “local delivery network” (Atlanta, Nashville, Charlotte, Chattanooga, Greenville and greater metro areas) you will receive a metal rack personally delivered by our Artisans.
    • If you live outside of our “local delivery network” across the United States, our rack products will be shipped via a freight company in a wooden rack to the end of your driveway.  Upgrade to Cutting Edge Firewood Metal Rack is available via phone.

     

  • Hickory Firewood Box

    $59.00

    Hickory is our best seller, and for good reason. Kiln dried hickory firewood burns hotter and longer than any other firewood we offer. The signature aroma and crackle bring back positive memories from childhood and make it a customer favorite. Enthusiasts and casual burners alike have something to love.

    This box of hickory firewood includes everything you need for 2-4 amazing fireside experiences, including fire starters, kindling, matches, and firewood. See full details below.

November 22, 2019

Here at Cutting Edge Firewood, we deliver firewood by the rack and by the box.

Boxes are great for a lot of reasons, so we put together this video that explains what is inside each box and the benefits. Watch now to see why a box may be right for you!

WHAT’S IN THE BOX?

The Cutting Edge box of firewood includes everything you need for 2-4 amazing fireside experiences. In every box, you will find:

  • Our 16″ standard cut firewood
  • excelsior fire starters
  • 4 pieces of heart pine
  • 8 pieces of kindling
  • 1 Box of Cigar Matches
  • Each firewood box is 17″ x 14″ x 16″ and contains up to 50 pounds of kiln dried wood

If you’re wondering how much firewood is in a box vs in a rack, then the breakdown is fairly simple. 6 boxes of firewood = 1 firewood rack + 1 fire starter package.

WHY CHOOSE A BOX?

Although smaller than our racks of firewood, boxes of hickory are a popular way to receive firewood. Here are a few reasons boxes might be right for you:

  • You love the convenience of having everything you need in one box.
  • You can easily take a box with you on a camping trip, to the beach, or to the lake.
  • Boxes make great gifts.
  • You want to try a variety of products before choosing an entire rack.
  • You have less storage space and don’t want an entire rack. Boxes are great for townhomes or condos with fireplaces!
  • You have multiple fire areas and want the convenience of a box to carry firewood to tonight’s fire area.
  • Boxes are easier to ship across the country.
  • If you’re in the Atlanta area, boxes come with complimentary same day delivery!

Shop Boxes of Firewood:

  • Pizza Cut Cooking Wood Box

    $89.00

    Want to make pizza in your backyard that gives your friends and family a true taste of Italy? Then make sure you use Cutting Edge Firewood’s premium pizza cut firewood.

    Designed specifically for wood fired ovens, our Pizza Cut wood gives you the hottest and longest burns. We partnered with professional pizza chefs to find the perfect way to cut the wood, and learned that the best pizza crust comes with properly managed burn temperatures.

    Temperature control in your oven is maximized by how hot you can get your flame. Our convenient pre-split wood eliminates all variables such as additional labor and drying, which gives you the confidence of knowing that you’re making your best pizza.

    Pizza cut wood is made from Oak, and each piece is approximately 16” in length. The box is 19″ x 13″ x 13″ and has enough wood for up to 20-30 pizzas. If you have a smaller pizza oven like the Ooni Pro or Ooni Karu, then make sure you check out our miniature pizza cut wood! 

    Pizza Cut Cooking Wood Box includes kindling and fire starters along with complimentary shipping.

  • Hickory Firewood Box

    $59.00

    Hickory is our best seller, and for good reason. Kiln dried hickory firewood burns hotter and longer than any other firewood we offer. The signature aroma and crackle bring back positive memories from childhood and make it a customer favorite. Enthusiasts and casual burners alike have something to love.

    This box of hickory firewood includes everything you need for 2-4 amazing fireside experiences, including fire starters, kindling, matches, and firewood. See full details below.

  • Cherry Firewood Box

    $69.00

    There is a reason George Washington cut down his father’s cherry tree: it makes for some incredible firewood! Cherry displays beautifully, burns less hot than hickory or oak, and it offers a subtle sweet aroma that will provide your home with a welcoming atmosphere for your family and guests alike.  Our Cherry Firewood is absolutely amazing.  This is our all around favorite firewood box.  

    This box of cherry firewood includes everything you need for 2-4 amazing fireside experiences, including fire starters, kindling, matches, and firewood. See full details below.

  • Oak Firewood Box

    $59.00

    Oak is a timeless classic, and a popular hardwood firewood from one of America’s most iconic trees. Oak has a more subtle aroma than hickory or cherry. It burns hotter and longer than cherry, but cooler and not as long as hickory. For many of our customers, oak is their first experience with our kiln dried firewood.

    This box of oak firewood includes everything you need for 2-4 amazing fireside experiences, including fire starters, kindling, matches, and firewood. See full details below.

  • Pecan Cooking Wood Box

    $69.00

    Pecan is the most legendary cooking wood in the South, and Cutting Edge Firewood offers the best Pecan available. Maybe that’s why our Pecan Cooking wood was featured in Garden and Gun magazine.

    These 16″ split pecan logs provide the perfect flavor for any smoking and barbecue enthusiasts. Pecan burns hotter and longer, and it ignites quickly and easily. Because of our rigorous drying process, you know that all of our pecan wood will arrive dry and free from bugs, mold, or fungus. That means your food gets nothing but the best.

    Give your team the competitive edge it needs by selecting Pecan cooking wood from Cutting Edge Firewood.

    Boxes of Pecan ship nationwide and usually include complimentary shipping!

October 15, 2019

Over the past decade, subscription services have become increasingly popular around the United States. Subscriptions are perfect for our busy lives – they bring us what we need when we need it.

Cutting Edge Firewood began offering our innovative firewood subscription service in 2018 and it has since become increasingly popular. In this post, we’ll share 6 compelling reasons you should start a firewood subscription right now, and answer some of the most common questions we receive about our subscriptions.

1) Convenience

Have you ever woken up on a cold morning and said, “this is the perfect time to start a fire!” But then, when you went to build it, you realized you had no firewood left?!

Life is busy enough without needing to go out and find firewood for sale or chop and season your own wood. Cutting Edge Firewood makes it easier than ever before to have a good stock of firewood available.

Our subscription service means you never even have to think about where your next fire will come from – we’ve already delivered the wood to your home!

2) More Savings

Our Subscription service provides the most affordable way to for local customers to receive firewood and can save you up to 43.5% from our standard retail pricing.

Let’s look at a couple examples – one for a monthly rack subscription and one for a weekly box subscription.

A box of hickory costs $59, but when you choose a weekly box subscription, that same box only costs $39. If you have a box subscription for 4 months, then you’ll receive 16 total boxes for $624. Those 16 boxes on their own would cost $944. In that 4 month subscription period, you’ll save $320 (or 33.9%)!

You can really maximize your savings if you choose a pizza wood box subscription. One box of pizza normally costs $69, but when you get a weekly subscription it’s only $39 (savings of 43.5%).

If you’re looking to ship boxes for subscriptions, then please be aware that shipping costs will reduce the savings you receive.

3) The Best Firewood Available – Every Time

One of the challenges people face is finding consistently good firewood. You might get a good batch from a supplier one week, and then find that next month the firewood is wet and moldy or completely sold out!

You don’t have to worry about that with Cutting Edge Firewood. We deliver the best firewood available, every time. Our firewood goes through the most rigorous drying process in the industry. It is delivered free from pests, mold, and fungus. It is easy to light, clean from dirt, and provides an amazing aroma. We hand select each piece of firewood before delivering to your home – ensuring you only get the best.

The Best Firewood Available- Every Time

And of course, our firewood is available throughout the entire year. Want to enjoy a summer bonfire at the lakehouse? Cutting Edge has you covered. Need something right before Christmas? We’re ready to deliver!

4) No Long Term Commitments

Remember that time you signed up for a gym membership? You chose the 18 month plan because of how much money it would save! Only problem is, after 6 months you stopped going.

We understand that life circumstances and seasons may change the way you burn firewood, that’s why our subscriptions only require a short, 4 month commitment. While many of our customers choose to keep their subscription year round, enjoying great fires both indoors and outside, you are more than welcome to keep your just through the winter.

Best of all, when you receive a box of our firewood you get to keep it. Because our wood is kiln dried to perfection, you could store the firewood box in your basement, garage, or shed for years and still get an awesome fireside experience when you’re ready.

5) More Variety

If you want to try the different species or cuts we offer at Cutting Edge Firewood, then subscriptions are a great way to go. For instance, if you have a weekly box subscription, you can try different boxes whenever you choose.

Variety of Wood SpeciesPerhaps your first couple boxes will be hickory, then you can switch to cherry, and then to oak. Once it warms up, maybe you go after some pecan cooking wood or try our variety pack of chunks.

Our subscriptions offer great flexibility – you can also change the speed at which you receive the firewood. If you have a weekly subscription and want to switch to a monthly one, no problem! If you have a monthly and want to switch to every two weeks, then go for it! Simply contact our customer service team and we’ll get you taken care of.

6) Countless Memorable Experiences

For thousands of years, people have gathered around the fire to connect, share stories, and relax. Here at Cutting Edge Firewood, we’re all about creating memorable experiences around the fire.

Enjoying a great fire with family and friends should be a time to enjoy each other, not a time where you’re fighting to get a fire started or inhaling a ton of musty smoke.

With Cutting Edge boxes or racks, you can rest assured that every fireside experience will be a good one. You can get the fire going with a single match and then sit back, relax, and enjoy yourself!

If you’d like to try a subscription yourself, then start one today! Sign up for a box subscription here.

Frequently asked questions about Subscriptions

  1. How long does a subscription last? Subscriptions can last as long as you want! The minimum subscription period is only 4 months, so you don’t need to commit to anything long-term.
  2. How much does delivery cost for subscriptions? If you are inside our local delivery zones, then delivery is complimentary on every box or rack subscription! For residents outside of our local delivery zones, shipping charges do apply and vary based on location. These shipping prices do reduce your savings, but the subscription is still the most convenient way to receive firewood.
  3. Can I have more than one subscription at a time? Yes! We have several customers who receive multiple boxes at a time. If 4 boxes per month is not enough firewood for you, then we can do 8 boxes or more
  4. Which products are available for subscription? We offer a wide variety of subscription products for our box subscription service. The best way to see what’s available is to visit our box subscription page.
  5. What if I don’t use all my firewood? No problem! We will continue to send you boxes of firewood and you can keep or store them wherever you wish. Our wood will last for years when stored inside or in a sheltered location.
  6. Do you offer rack subscriptions? We no longer offer our rack subscription service. You can still order firewood by the rack, however.
  7. What’s in the box of firewood? Great question! Read more about our boxes or simply watch the video below:

If you have any more questions about how subscriptions work, feel free to contact us at anytime! We look forward to providing you with unmatched products and unparalleled customer service on a regular basis.

August 28, 2019

There is something special about starting a fire with a single match. Not only does it make life easy, but it also tends to invoke a certain sense of pride.

On the flip side, it’s fairly infuriating when you go through dozens of matches or an entire supply of lighter fluid attempting to get a fire started. This process usually involves lots of smoke inhalation, frustration, and possibly a few four letter words (and unfortunately, we don’t mean “fire”).

But we’re here to help! Cutting Edge Firewood has mastered the art of starting a fire with a single match. Watch this short video to see our process, or scroll down for some written directions.

What you need:

In order to start a fire with a single match, you’ll need a few key supplies:

  • Dry Firewood: This is the most important part of a single match fire. Wet wood simply does not want to ignite. You can force it to light withenough heat, blowing, smoke, and persistence, but certainly not with a single match. This is one of the many reasons Cutting Edge Firewood is the best – we use the most rigorous drying process in the industry.everything that you need to start a fire
  • Fire Starter: There are a lot of different fire starters on the market, but basically you want something that will light and then stay lit for several minutes. Naturally, we recommend our excelsior fire starters because they are scent and chemical free. This makes them safer for both indoor fires and cooking fires. And of course, they are very easy to light and will last a long time.
  • Heart Pine: A nice way to complement your fire starter is with a piece of heart pine. Heart pine is derived from the heartwood of pine trees and burns readily even when wet, making it a prized natural fire starter. The pleasant aroma of pine will add a welcome addition to your fire. We don’t recommend using them with cooking wood, because heart pine does not add great flavor.
  • Kindling: Smaller pieces of wood ignite more easily than larger pieces. You can gather lots of small twigs from your yard, cut off smaller pieces from a log, or you can use the kindling we supply at Cutting Edge. Each of our kindling pieces are made with the same quality as our firewood and is easy to light. If you use our kindling, two pieces will be plenty. If you use other kindling, you’ll likely need many more pieces.
  • Matches: If you want to start a single match fire, then you’ll obviously need some matches!

Each of the items listed above are available from Cutting Edge Firewood. You can purchase them separately, or for extra convenience you can choose the complete fire starter package.

What you don’t need:

Many people are under the impression that a single match fire requires the following, but we’re here to tell you the truth. The following “fire starters” are not necessary and can negatively affect your fire starting experience.

  • Lighter Fluid: We’ve known friends who seem to think a good fire is one where you spray lighter fluid at the fire whenever the fire gets too low. The problem is, they’re burning fluid instead of wood. They’ve chosen to use wet wood and are trying to make up for it with lighter fluid. This adds unnecessary chemicals to your fire, does not smell good, requires more work, and creates additional danger.
  • Newspaper: Most people have used newspaper to start a fire before. It certainly ignites easily, but it does have several disadvantages. First, it cannot stay lit for very long and often burns out before the kindling ignites. Second, it doesn’t burn as hot as a good fire starter. Third, it creates lots of unnecessary ash that often floats up and out of the fire. Lastly, in today’s digital age it’s much harder to find newspaper! For a more reliable experience, choose an actual fire starter.
  • Gasoline: This is an absolute NO. Using gasoline is extremely dangerous. The fumes spread immediately and lighting it is explosive. We know people who tried to use gasoline and they ended in the hospital. If that’s not enough reason, gasoline isn’t even an effective fire starter because it burns so quickly. So once again, never use gasoline to start a fire.

Step-By-Step Guide to Starting a Fire with one Match

If you watched the video, you saw how easy it is to start a fire the Cutting Edge way. Remember to always keep safety in mind when you start a fire and choose an appropriate place to start one.

Here are step-by-step instructions for lighting a fire with a single match:

  1. Place the excelsior fire starter (or the fire starter of your choice) at the center of the where you want the fire. If using a fireplace grate, then place this below the grate.
  2. Strike your single match and light the fire starter.
  3. If you’re using heart pine, carefully rest a single heart pine piece on top of the lit fire starter.How to start a fire: adding heart pine
  4. Place a couple pieces of kindling directly above the heart pine in the shape of an X. Use additional kindling if required.
  5. As the kindling lights, place two large pieces of firewood alongside the kindling (or above the kindling if you are using a fireplace grate). When using a grate, place the larger log in front, so that as the wood breaks down it will fall backwards instead of forwards.One Match Fire - building it
  6. Add additional logs on top as required. You want to have some logs go directly over the burning kindling. You can build this up as high as you want (as long as you keep it a safe height).
  7. Sit back, relax, and feel proud of the fact that you started a fire with a single match.

One match log cabin fire

That’s it! Starting a fire with a single match is quick and easy when you have the right ingredients. You can shop all of our fire starters or our premium firewood today. We deliver and ship our products all over the United States.

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