Best firewood to burn

Here’s a handy chart that lists common firewood types and helps you find the best one for your needs. Sort any column to see the best score by BTU rank, ease to split, smokiness, amount of sparks, coal quality and fragrance. We average the scores for each of these factors and rank the best firewood to burn with an overall score rating.

The BTU rank is a fixed list that ranks firewood by highest BTU per cord. All other categories are given a score of 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest score. A=excellent, B=good, C=average, D=poor, and F=bad.

woodbtusscoresplitsmokesparkscoalssmell
Osage Orange199.46AAFAA
Dogwood293.25FAACC
Oak White388.54CAAAB
Locust Black484.54FAAAC
Beech583.54FAAAB
Apple682.42CAABA
Locust Honey781.71AAAAC
Oak Bur880.42AAAAB
Mulberry978.25ACFAB
Maple Other1078.38AAAAB
Oak Red1175.42CAAAB
Ash White1273.92CAABC
Walnut Black1368.58AAABB
Juniper1465.75CCFFA
Larch1565.75CCFCC
Coffeetree1666.5CAABB
Hackberry1765.5AAABC
Pine Lodgepole1864.21ACFCB
Elm Siberian1963.63FCABC
Birch2063.67CCABC
Douglas Fir2163.21AFACC
Cherry2263.67AAAAA
Ash Green2362AAABC
Elm American2461.33FCAAB
Sycamore2559.54FCABC
Hemlock2658.96AAFFB
Maple Silver2759.08CAAAB
Box elder2855.54FCAFC
Aspen2956.75AAABC
Cedar Western3055.25CCFFA
Chestnut3154.67ACFFC
Willow3254.5AAAFC
Alder3354.38AACBC
Catalpa3450.17FCABF
Pine Ponderosa3549.92ACFCB
Pine White3649.04ACCFB
Cottonwood3749.42ACABC
Spruce3847.38ACFFC
Fir White3945.42ACAFC
Poplar4043ACFCF
Basswood4143.25ACAFB
Buckeye4243.08CAAFC
Cedar Eastern4340.42AAFFC
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