Good Firewood Guide

Birch Firewood

Chase away the winter chill, create a brightly burning campfire, or prepare for your outdoor BBQ, with these birch firewood logs. Birch is a type of hardwood that is guaranteed to burn longer, give off more heat, and create a cleaner fire than other types of wood. The firewood comes in a net for convenient transport. Birch is the cheapest and most comming form of firewood used in homes and restaurants bot looking for a strong flavour from the firewood.

We stock the regions largest collection of Firewood products which include, Birch Firewood, Beech Firewood, Oak Firewood and Olive Firewood. Have a look at each types page for more information on the difference between them.

Whatever Firewood you are searching for, we have a solution for you, regardless of budget. If you need some advice, just get in touch with one of our consultants

What is the best firewood?

The best firewood is, of course, the type that best suits your needs which can vary depending on whether you are cooking or using the wood for heat in a fireplace. There are many types of wood which are suitable either for the fireplace or for cooking. Here I will repeat some of the basic important principles that are important when choosing wood. After that is a detailed list of several common types of firewood and their characteristics.

“Seasoned” Firewood – Seasoned firewood is wood which has been left out to dry for an extended period of time. Wet wood, including green wood which has recently been cut from a tree, is more difficult to burn and burns with less heat. Avoid using wet wood and always use seasoned firewood if at all possible. All of the firewood in Dubai which we stock is kiln dried.

Energy Content – BTUs (British Thermal Units) – This is a measure of how much heat is given off by a certain amount of wood. The hardwoods have the highest BTU content and thus are considered the best firewood for high, intense heat. The highest of the high include rock elm, sugar maple, and red oak. Softwoods, like white pine, basswood, green ash, and white spruce, are much less dense and thus do not burn as long as much heat output.

Hardwood versus Softwood – Hardwoods are very dense. They pack more BTUs of potential heat energy per volume of firewood. Therefore they tend to be the best firewood types for heat and cooking. However, they are more difficult to get ignited in the first place. Softwoods are less dense and also tend to be more resinous. This means they ignite much faster and thus can be good as a starter wood to get your fire going. However, they tend to give off less heat and burn faster.

Some examples of hardwoods
Best Firewood – Ash, red oak, white oak, beech, birch, hickory, hard maple, pecan, dogwood, almond, apple (incense-like perfume, nice scent); high heat, easy to burn, no heavy smoke, overall excellent

Good – Soft maple, cherry, walnut; medium heat, easy to burn, no heavy smoke.

Fair – elm, sycamore, gun, aspen, basswood, cottonwood, yellow poplar (bitter smoke); low to medium heat, can be a bit harder to burn, medium smoke, ok for kindling but not as much heat and more smoke.

Some examples of softwoods:
Good – southern yellow pine, spruce, fir, resinous so easy to burn, has medium heat but burns out quickly, and easy to burn but heavy smoke, ok if you want a quick warming fire or short fire that will burn out before you go to bed.

Good for kindling – eastern red cedar, medium heat, easy to burn, medium smoke, pop a lot and throws sparks, good for kindling.

Fair – cypress, medium heat, a bit harder to burn, medium smoke.

Our range is guaranteed kiln-dried, mould free and always imported from FSC certified sustainable suppliers.

Our range is designed to pair perfectly with most branded BBQ’s and Industrial Equipment including Weber, Buschbeck, Broilking, Grill Works and Josper.

Firewood Importer, Firewood Distributor and Firewood Supplier – Not a Reseller

As a Firewood Importer, Firewood Distributor and Firewood Supplier, we work with producers all around the world. We specialise in firewood imports from Ukraine, Croatia, Egypt and Romania and Unlike other suppliers who claim to be importers, we are able to offer the best possible pricing as we liaise directly with the factories and in many cases, own a controlling stake in them.

Why is it important to be a firewood importer?

As a charcoal importer, we control every aspect of our product line as well as the packing of our bags. This ensures that we are 100% satisfied with the product you receive from us, whether it be our Nigerian charcoal, Indonesian Charcoal or Japanese charcoal, the first order will be the same as the last.

Why pick us as your firewood supplier?

We have been in the UAE since 2010, but more importantly, we have been the only supplier in the region who adjusts their pricing with the market, we have gained some of the largest contracts in the region, through our “fair pricing” strategy as well as our reputation for always delivering a quality product. Whether you are a smaller restaurant or a large hotel, we service everyone, fairly. We always keep stock of birch, beech, oak and olive and occasionally have other products in stock too. Always kiln dried, always sold by the litre and not weight and always from sustainable sources.

What is the difference between the types?

  • Beech firewood– This has some good heat and flame but tends to give off a fair amount of sparks, making it less suitable for an indoor fireplace and cooking.
  • Birch firewood– Birch gives off good heat but tends to be consumed pretty quickly. The flavour is good, similar to maple which compliments pork and poultry nicely.
  • Oak firewood– Oak is one of the best firewood types. It requires a good deal of seasoning time (as much as 2 years) but then is a good slow burning wood with lots of heat and a small flame. If it is not fully seasoned the smoke can be very dense and bitter. The flavour is a heavy smokey flavour which is good with bold foods like ribs, red meat, pork and heavy game.
  • Olive firewood – Olive is a clean slow-burning wood, known for its unique flavour as well as long burn time. Olive wood is ideal as an Oak replacement when you do not require as much smoke, making it more suitable to outlets with an indoor kitchen.

Besides Firewood, What else do we do?

Hospitality – Kitchen Fuels
To ensure we meet both the quality and economical requirements for our clients, we spend a considerable amount of time on our product sourcing. At present, we import our range of charcoal & Firewood from multiple countries. The reason behind this simply lies with the way the products are produced and the raw materials which are used. Over the years we have identified that each chef/cuisine has a particular requirement which we ensure we can meet.

Hospitality – Heating/Cooling
Our range of heaters and coolers are made in China, but under factories which are monitored and controlled by UK standards. We continuously audit and ensure all our required procedures are being met in order to maintain the quality required. We offer most items across the range in both private label and the La Hacienda brand.

Retail – Home & Garden
Our present range of La Hacienda, Firebox and Buschbeck allows us to hit a majority of in demand categories across the GCC and Africa. We currently provide products such as Firepit, Fire Baskets, Chimeneas (clay, Cast Iron & Steel), Grills, Wood Fired Ovens, Masonry Barbecues, Electric Heaters, Outdoor Lanterns, Garden Mirrors, Wall Art, Garden Ornaments, Embossed Metal Signs and UV protected Canvases.

Retail – Pest Control
STV pest control is the largest distributor of pest control products in the United Kingdom. Having set up a successful distribution network across the UK, they have now expanded into Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore as well as across Europe. We represent STV across the GCC and are looking for distributors to take on the range for additional territories, on an exclusive basis.

Charcoal & Firewood

Elite Horizon started importing and distributing charcoal and firewood in 2010, over the years we have perfected our sourcing as well as our pricing which has allowed us to grow across the UAE. Our charcoal is the most widely used in hotels, restaurants and homes in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, RAK and Sharjah. We currently stock charcoal for both shisha and BBQ sourced from countries like Nigeria, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia and Previously Somalia.  We also have 4 types of firewood, Birch Firewood, Beech Firewood, Oak Firewood and Olive Firewood. We also match prices on a like for like basis! Click Here for our brochure.

Heating & Cooling

Over recent years we have monitored the market for Evaporative Air Coolers, Misting Fans, Electric Heaters and Gas Heaters and noticed that the market was suffering from inflated prices and one company had a majority of the market share. Since then, we have also begun to distribute the same Coolmaster range in the CM8000 & CM23000 models. We have also introduced our full range of Misting fans as well as a range of Pyramid Heaters, Mushroom Heaters and a large range of Wall Mounted and Free Standing Electric Heaters, all with unbeatable prices, 12 months warranty and backed by our U.K. Approved safety standards as well as ESMA and G-Mark.

Retail Brands

Elite Horizon has had the privilege of representing various brands from the United Kingdom, Germany and the USA. At present we are the exclusive MENA distributors for La Hacienda, Buschbeck, STV and Uuni as well as an approved Coolmaster UAE distributor. La Hacienda is the European market leaders in outdoor heating products and their range comprises of a selection of Chimeneas, Firepit, Firebaskets, Electric Heaters and a huge selection of Lanterns, wall decor and Garden Ornaments. Buscheck is the manufacturers of exquisite masonry barbecues in Germany and their range also now includes stainless steel ones. STV has a fantastic range of poison free pest control, including mouse traps, bug bats, citronella and sonic repellers.

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A Message From Our CEO

Elite Horizon was established with one goal in mind, work for our clients, not ourselves. In the last 8 years of operations throughout the MENA region, we have seen a continuous expansion on both supplier and client sides and we want to continue the fantastic growth we have seen. What sets us apart from the rest in similar industries is simply our willingness to give the customer what they want, be transparent in terms of what is achievable and always offer the same quality of product or service.
We are here to build lifetime relationships in order to facilitate the growth of both ourselves and those we work with, Don’t take my word for it, speak to one of our team today and give us the opportunity to prove our worth.

– Elite Horizon General Trading LLC