Western juniper firewood is one of the more dense softwoods and has a higher heat output compared to most other softwoods. In areas of the interior west in the US, where hardwoods are not abundant, juniper is considered to be the best alternative to hardwoods. It burns fairly long, is easy to light, making it good for starting fires and making kindling.
It is know for popping and sparking a lot as it burns. It is clean burning and has a nice aroma, similar to cedar both from the smoke and from the wood itself. Found in the arid interior of Oregon California, Washington, Idaho and Nevada.
Alligator juniper firewood is common in Arizona and has similar burning characteristics.
Utah juniper also called shaggy juniper or shag bark juniper grows throughout the interior of the west and has similar firewood characteristics. It also has shaggy bark which makes it easier to light and can be used as kindling.
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