KLook wrote:Birch and Poplar are hardwoods. We lived on the coast and the best wood we could get from our own land was Maple. After that it was lots of Birch. Yellow Birch is very good however. Softwoods are various Spruces, Firs, Hemlock, Cedar, Tamarack(Hackmatack or Eastern Larch) and Pines. Different species of each have different characteristics but are all "softer" and less dense then hardwoods with more pitch in particular. Poplar is good after extended drying time and Birch has to be kept dry or it will go punky very quickly. They are in fact "softer" then other hardwoods.
Yea I'm still not sure exactly what wood it was I guess I was just making a bad guess lol. I thought it was river birch but I can't remember . The tree was dead when cut down and it just seems a good deal softer than hickory or oak and burns faster than a piece of paper . Great starter wood!!