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Best Firewood Trees

By January 3, 2008

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Many folks who live in an urban or suburban setting dream of moving away and living in a more self-sufficient manner someday -- and I certainly count myself among them! If you're one of those folks, a rural landscape with a woodlot for your own firewood may be part of that dream. But what are the best firewood trees? "Firewood performance can differ from species to species. The type of tree you use for burning can vary widely in heat content, burning characteristics, and overall quality," writes Steve Nix. Burn, baby, burn! About's Forestry Guide has created "a table that presents several important burning characteristics for most species used in North America." Consult Steve's chart to learn about the best firewood trees.

The image of hunkering down in front of a warm fire in a country home is mighty inviting on a cold day like today, here in New England. It would be pleasant to look out the window over a pristine blanket of snow, a white canvas, if you will, on which nature so artistically superimposes a boulder here, an evergreen there. But in the city and suburbs, snow gets too dirty to offer much aesthetic value.

Some of the best firewood trees are:

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