There are two major types of aspen firewood available in the US and Canada. Aspen is a type of poplar and sometimes when people say polar firewood, they are referring to aspen. Quaking aspen firewood : Populus tremuloides and bigtooth aspen firewood: Populus grandidentata are very similar in the way they burn.
Aspen is technically a hardwood, but like a lot of it’s other relatives in the poplar family, it is a low density hardwood that can be even softer than many softwoods. Quaking aspen firewood only produces about half the heat as other hardwoods such as oak. It’s not the best of choice for firewood but if you can buy it cheap or get it free you might as well burn it. Quaking aspen can make decent campfire wood and is often straight grained and easy to split. It’s low density makes it easy to ignite so it can make good kindling.
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