Wood BTUs

Common Woods and Their BTU Ratings
Here’s a list of common wood types and how hot they burn.

 

Choosing your wood

Dry, hardwoods are best!

Common Name

BTUs per cord

Osage Orange (Hedge)32900
Hickory27700
Hop hornbeam (Ironwood)27300
Beech, Blue (Ironwood)26800
Birch, Black26800
Locust, Black26800
Hickory, Bitternut26700
Locust, Honey26700
Apple26500
Mulberry25800
White Oak25700
Beech, European24000
Red Oak24000
Sugar Maple24000
White Ash23600
Yellow Birch23600
Juniper, Rocky Mtn21800
Coffeetree, Kentucky21600
Elm, Red21600
Hackberry20800
Tamarack20800
Paper Birch20300
Walnut, Black20200
Cherry20000
Ash, Green19900
Cherry, Black19900
Sycamore19500
Elm19500
Ash, Black19100
Maple, Red18700
Fir, Douglas18100
Boxelder17900
Pine, Red17400
Alder, Red17200
Jack Pine17100
Catalpa16400
Black Spruce15900
Hemlock15900
Ponderosa Pine15200
Aspen14700
Spruce14500
Walnut, White (Butternut)14500
Willow14500
Fir, Balsam14300
Pine,White (Eastern)14300
Fir, Concolor (White)14100
Buckeye, Ohio13800
Basswood13500
Cottonwood13500
Cedar, White12200

 

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