Gone Outdoors

Is Cedar Good Firewood?

by Jean Sommer

Whether it is in a fireplace, an outdoor fire pit or a campfire, it is important to know what firewood is being burned. Not all firewood is created equal, and understanding the differences can help you make better choices.

Description

Cedar trees in forest

Cedar has several varieties including, white, western red and eastern red. This evergreen conifer is common in most of the United States.

Uses

Lumber yard

While cedar is easily available for use in a fire, most commercially sold cedar is in the form of planks. It is a highly desired wood for outdoor projects.

Characteristics

Woman sitting next to fireplace

Being a softwood, cedar does not require a lot of effort to split and burns rather easily. The smoke created from burning cedar is about average.

Benefits

Grill in backyard

Cedar has resins that give a nice aroma when burning. When used properly, a fire made from cedar wood is great for cooking.

Disadvantages

Stack of firewood

The natural oils and resins in cedar can make it pop and spark quite a bit. The heat generated by a cedar wood fire is medium to low. These are a couple of reasons that cedar wood is a less than optimal choice for firewood.

About the Author

Jean Sommer has been a blogger and writer for more than five years. Her articles on technology, food and drink, and travel have appeared on websites such as Salon.com. Sommer studied website development and OS fundamentals as well as accounting and business law at Illinois College and Southwest Illinois College.

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