If you have a fireplace and you are worrying about smoke or just want to know which species of wood produce the most burn with the least smoke, you have come to the right article. A fireplace can be one of the most romantic inventions of man, but if it deals you out a lot of smoke, that romance can die down quicker than the pennant dreams of a Cubs fan.
White pine has a couple of good things going for it as a useful kindling wood. For one thing white pine splits easily so if you’ve got a few trees on your property, it won’t take long to work up a hefty amount of firewood. White pine is also good in that it will ignite fairly easily. As for smoke, white pine produces a moderate amount.
Using hickory as a firewood means producing hot coals that last for a long time. Hickory is no walk in the park when it comes to splitting, but then again it’s not as difficult to split as sycamore and it’s nowhere near as hard to split as elm. Hickory can at times be a pain to ignite as well, but it tends not to produce a lot of smoke.
This species is a Christmas tree favorite so it really pays off to know what kind of firewood it makes even if you don’t have a fireplace. Douglas fir is very easy to split so you can produce a hefty amount of firewood over a short period of time. The Douglas is also a fir that is easy to ignite. The bad news is that Douglas fir can be a heavier smoker than Rod Serling thrust into The Cigarette Zone. This fir tree also is capable of producing some scary sparking.
The Louisville Slugger of firewood is fairly easy to split; harder than the Douglas fir, but much easier than elm. Ash is a fairly hard to ignite choice for firewood, but the good news is that it does burn unseasoned.
Aspen is like the hardwood version of white pine when it comes to making use of the wood for fireplaces and wood stoves. Aspen is a hardwood that is easy to split and easy to ignite, but like white pine, it will produce some moderate smoke that you may not want to deal with.
A good choice if you don’t like aspen or can’t get your hands on it is poplar. Poplar splits easily enough to set aside an entire season’s firewood over the course of some heavy duty cutting days. The biggest problem poplar provides as kindling is that it can sometimes put up a fight when you try to ignite it. Another potential downside-it will depend on your perspective-is that poplar burns up pretty fast and it can produce some heavy duty sparks. It doesn’t smoke up as much as aspen or white pine, however, so there’s where you make the gain.