Is pine good firewood? Well, there are quite a few different types of pine trees and I wondered if any of them would make good firewood. Going by popular belief, most pine wood is not a good firewood, I wanted to find out if there’s any truth to that. So I did some research on pine trees and found out if it safe to burn it in your home.
Is Pine Good Firewood
The real answer I came up with is yes and no. Pine certainly has its place. Its best used mixed in with other firewood. Pine burns fast! and throws some good heat for a short period of time. It’ll also help your other wood in the fire catch.
Ponderosa Pine, also known as Western Yellow Pine or Bull Pine, is a softwood that is not the best for burning in your fireplace or wood stove. It has a low density and low BTU output. I should say, you can use it for firewood, just don’t expect it to burn as long as maple or ash wood. The best use for it is kindling.
White pines aren’t the greatest to burn. It has low BTU and a short burn time. Also, it will build up resin in your chimney very quickly, also making it a danger for a house fire. Even seasoned pine wood will burn quickly. Like other pines, it makes a great fire starter.
Splitting Pine Wood
Splitting pine wood can be a bit of a pain as it tends to have a lot of knots. The best time to split it is when it’s seasoned, like most softwoods, as it will split easier especially where there are no knots. Another suggestion is to split pine when its cold for easier splitting. If you try to split it wet your splitting maul will have a tendency to get stuck in the wood.
Stacking your pinewood properly is the key to drying it well. There is a lot of moisture in pine wood and it can take up to a year to dry out for burning. You should stack your green pine preferably outside on high ground with a few inches of space in between the pieces of wood.
If you would like to test your firewood’s moisture content, you can buy a meter to check it, you can find it on Amazon, by clicking this link, Wood Moisture Meter.
Most of the pine trees are good for kindling, suck for burning. But there are some places that the only available source is pine and that is all they burn. It can be used for firewood but not recommended unless you have a conveyor belt to feed your fireplace!