Alnus rubra

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.

Alder Firewood BTU Ratings

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  1. alder burns around 20 mil btu
    compared to douglas firs 26 mil btu
    alder works good for cooking smoking or anywhere you need a constant temp. VARY poor for heating your house

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