Aspen Firewood

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.

Aspen Firewood BTU Ratings

Add your comments below about your experience with aspen firewood. If you have noticed any differences between quaking aspen firewood and bigtooth aspen firewood, let us know.

10 thoughts on “Aspen Firewood”

  1. I burn a lot of aspen firewood just because I have a lot of it. It is not the best wood by any means but it burns fine and I think it has more heat and lasts longer than pine. I will burn aspen when I am around to add wood to the fire. At night I will usually use birch or when I need a fire to last longer. I do like aspen for campfires because it has a bright warm flame and the smoke isn’t as strong as pine or fir.

  2. I’ve heard but can’t find proof that aspen assists in sort removal or build-up in your chimney. Is this true? Can you lead me to a source that has established this or is it a “urban” rumor?

  3. I’ve heard from a friend that burning aspen helps reduce soot build up. Is this true? If so, can you lead me to a source?

  4. I live in Northern WI. There are many different types of “softwood” & “hardwood.” Although Aspen/Poplar are considered a hard wood it is very light and less dense compaired to oak, maple, hickory, ash, locust, beech, ect. Aspen is a very common tree. I have been lucky to find plenty of wind fall/dead red oak the last few years on our family farm. I also stumbled upon 7 cords of Aspen that was felled to clear a road. I thought if I cut it, split it, and seasoned it that it would be just fine to burn. I have read that it would be good shoulder wood and it burns reasonably hot. I did read that it does make a good bit of powdery ash and burns fast. So when I after I processed the firewood and let it dry I realized the bark was very brittle and peals off rather easy. I have been pealing almost all of the bark off and stacking it in next years burn pile. I believe having no thick bark on the peices will decrease the amount of powdery ash. I know it seems time consuming, I have been doing 2 good size wheel barrow load per day Fri/Sat/Sun so I am not working overly hard at it. I will let you know how the bark free Aspen burns this winter in my wood stove.

  5. I’m in CO . USA and aspen is plentiful on my property and elsewhere around. I use it for fireplace wood for relaxing and heat–it is effective and since it burns down fairly quickly i can have a few hours of fire before going to bed and easy to finish the evening. Ash is no big deal and my chimney cleaner says I have a very good looking chimney each year with very little buildup– I use no pine except as occasional kindling. If i want a longer lasting fire I start with some aspen and add seasoned oak for more hours of pleasure or sleeping by the fire. Aspen gets bad revues for btu ratings but i love it– and for me it’s free for my labor. I have bedrooms converted to gas logs but far prefer the real aspen burning in my main great room fireplace– a real cool evening or winter time joy alone or with friends with very little work for me. Just my 20+ years worth of use opinion. Visit Aspen and use aspen wood!!

  6. I sell firewood, and have a tree removal service, in North Eastern Pennsylvania, I keep Aspen for myself because customers look down apon it. I actually think it burns great. I use it both in woodstove and fireplace. Burns clean hot and fast. It does leave slightly more ash than Oak, or some harder woods, but not significant. Its not ment for “all nighter” wood as the previous post explains very well. But it looks almost as nice as white birch sitting in the living room and burns well. Nothing wrong with this wood at all, also its a joy to work with about hlaf the weight as oak. Splitter eats it up, and can cut about 40 cords before sharpening the saw. Lol Enjoy your Aspen.

  7. I stated in a above post that I would get back to you on my luck burning Aspen. It has been a mild winter so far in Northern, WI. I have burnt purely Aspen since the last week in October and it has kept us plenty warm. The wood burns far better than I assumed it would and leaves a bit more powdery ash than hardwoods. It was defiantly worth my time to cut it up. We did have one week with night time lows around -20 and day time highs around 0. I did switch to Oak, Maple, and Locust that week, because the poplar could not keep up. It was defiantly a good year so far to burn apspen. It has saved me from burning my good hard wood stash.

  8. I am a wood carver and aspen is a good wood to carve small pieces (birds, fish, etc). My sister gave me some firewood size pieces – rounds about 6-8 inched. Unfortunately I have used it all up and need a source for 3-6 pieces. Will pay shipping. Does anyone have a contact?

  9. I’m in CO and I got a cord of aspen for a gift to use in my fireplace. I’m having a hard time keeping it burning, even when it’s the top log on a new stack. what’s your secret?

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