Douglas fir firewood is arguably one of the most popular softwoods to burn especially if you live in an area where they're abundant.
Let's face it, everyone would love to burn seasoned oak, madrone, maple or some other popular hardwood but these trees don't grow everywhere. In fact, a lot of people who heat with wood live in a area where softwoods dominate the landscape.
Commonly mixed in with lodgepole and ponderosa or yellow pine, Douglas fir is usually considered the best firewood choice.
Although lodgepole and ponderosa are burned by a lot of people, in comparison Douglas fir would be superior or "The cream of the crop."
Douglas fir is actually not a true fir and is in a genus of its own. Often referred to as red fir, Douglas spruce or even Oregon pine, they're evergreen trees that keep their needles year round.
The trees are commonly found throughout western North America. Named after Scottish botanist David Douglas the trees are commonly called Doug-fir.
Douglas fir yields more timber than any other tree in North America. Plywood, lumber, railroad ties, flooring, fence posts and even furniture are common uses for the wood. In an old growth forest, Douglas fir can be 500 years old and grow over 200 feet tall!
Overall, I think most people are moderately impressed when burning Doug-fir. Since some trees growing out in the open often have several branches, removing all the branches prior to processing the wood can be time and labor intensive.
However, if you're lucky enough to find the trees going inside a dense forest they often have straight trunks with only a small section of branches and needles at the top resulting in perfect firewood.
If you cut down a live Doug-fir you should let the wood season for about 1 year before you burn it. However, if you cut dead standing trees you can usually burn the wood within about 6-8 months without any trouble.
Douglas fir splits really easy. Many people describe it as one of the easiest splitting firewood choices available. Although the wood can create a lot of smoke, it has decent coaling qualities and it starts pretty easy.
Although it splits really easy and can be used as kindling, other woods such as cedar or pine actually light a little bit easier than Doug-fir making them a better kindling choice.
Overall Douglas fir firewood is a great all around, user friendly firewood choice. A tree that produces decent heat, splits easy with only moderate sparks makes this a popular choice for many people.
Douglas fir produces approximately 17.4 million BTU's per cord.