Mesquite wood is very popular for barbecuing, but did you know that you can also buy mesquite firewood? Mesquite firewood burns very hot, so it is more capable of heating your home quickly than some other types of wood are. As a hardwood, mesquite burns very clean and does not produce many sparks or much smoke. Mesquite also leaves less creosote. Creosote is a sappy residue that might clog your chimney flute and will require your chimney to be professionally cleaned more often. Mesquite is more expensive than some other types of wood, but due to the high temperature it burns at you use less wood than you otherwise would. In the long run, mesquite firewood could save you some money.
Buy It Local
Mesquite is a hardwood with a lot of positive benefits, but it is difficult to split and can be a bit expensive. This high price can increase exponentially if you are trying to buy mesquite wood somewhere where it needs to be hauled in. Firewood can be very expensive to ship. Shipping firewood is also not the most environmentally sound thing you can do. You should really only buy mesquite firewood if mesquite is raised in your area.
If you need the mesquite firewood for a special occasion, for example you need it to cook a special meal, then you can buy small amounts either at your local home and garden store or online. If you only need mesquite firewood for one use, having it shipped to you is not quite as impractical.
Buy Cured Wood
Firewood, including mesquite, needs to cure before you burn it. This means that you should allow firewood to dry out for a minimum of six months before you use it. Make sure that the mesquite firewood you buy is cured before you make your purchase. If you try to burn green wood, it won't burn properly.