Alder is technically a hardwood but is a low density hardwood that often gets mistaken for being a softwood. Alder firewood burns more like a softwood, it burns fairly fast and produces less heat than most hardwoods.
Red Alder is the largest of the alder species in North America. It ranges from Alaska to the Central California Coast. It mostly grows west of the Cascades except for a few locations in northern Washington and into northern Idaho.
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