Best Types of Wood to Burn in Your Fire Pit

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When it comes to building a fire in your fire pit, not all types of wood are created equal. Some woods burn hotter, some smoke less, and others are easier to ignite. So, which types of wood are the best for your fire pit?

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Best Types of Wood to Burn in Your Fire Pit

Let's take a closer look at the best types of wood to burn in your fire pit to either cook food, stay warm or to set the ambiance. We'll also go over which woods to avoid burning in your fire pit for a number of important reasons.


Familiar types of hardwood include oak, maple, and hickory. These are some of the best types of wood to use in your fire pit. They burn hot and slow, providing a steady heat source for a long period of time. They also produce less smoke than softer woods, which makes them a great choice for fire pits.


Softwoods, such as pine, spruce, and cedar, are easier to ignite than hardwoods and produce more flames, but they also produce more smoke and don't burn as long. So, while they're okay to use in your fire pit, it's a good idea to mix them with hardwoods to get a better burn. If you are cooking over a fire pit, we recommend not using softwoods like poplar or aspen, as they create more ash and can impact the flavor of your food.


Another great option for your fire pit is fruitwood such as apple, cherry, and so on. They burn hot and produce a pleasant aroma, making them a popular choice for outdoor cooking and grilling. These woods can enhance the flavor of meats or vegetables prepared over your fire. However, they can be harder to find than other types of wood and are often more expensive.

Woods to Avoid

There are also some types of wood that you should avoid using in your fire pit. These include treated woods, which can release toxic chemicals when burned, and coniferous woods, such as pine and spruce, which contain resin that can cause a lot of smoke and make it difficult to breathe.

Consider the Log Size

When choosing wood for your fire pit, it's also important to consider the size of the logs. It's best to use smaller logs that are about the size of your wrist or smaller, as they are easier to ignite and burn more efficiently. It's also a good idea to let the wood dry out for a few months before using it, as wet wood doesn't burn as well and can produce a lot of smoke. This process is called seasoning your firewood, and you can learn more about it on our blog here.

Burn the Best Types of Wood in the Right Fire Pit

It's just as important to choose the right type of wood as it is to have the best fire pit to burn it in. Our mission to curate and create the perfect backyard environment for you and your family, and we stand behind the fire pits and accessories we create to fulfill that goal. Consider introducing Walden Backyards' heavy-duty Legacy Series Complete Fire Pit Insert Set into your outdoor space for a safe, easy, and enjoyable fireside experience.

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