Pine Firewood: Safe To Burn? (Find Out Here)

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Pine Firewood

Glad you could stop by! Because in this guide I will share what’s really up with burning pine firewood in your home.

I’m going to assume more times than not you were told to not do it, it’ll fill up your chimney with creosote and your chimney will catch on fire and burn your house down! Sound familiar?

I know that is all I ever hear but at the same time, for some people who burn firewood, they don’t have much of a choice but to burn pine.

And when you tell some people that, they look at you like your nuts or they flat out don’t believe you, more times than not, it’s both.

So, below, I will give you’re the truth about burning pine in your home and more importantly, how others do it and get away with it.

Is Pine Good Firewood?

The truth of the matter is, it can be good, but never great because it doesn’t burn long. Pine has its place, that’s for sure. It makes a great kindling wood for starting your fire.

Also great for throwing some serious heat! So, if you have a cold room and want it to get warm fast, pine is your friend! The biggest fear/complaint you’ll find is about creosote build up. Let’s examine that next.

Pine Creosote Myth

First off, you have to understand all wood you burn makes creosote, some more than others, but never the less, they all do. So, where does pine fit in? The key to burning pine is to make absolutely sure it’s seasoned, as it is with all firewood. And believe me, there are hardwoods that create more creosote than pine!

Basically, the slower your wood burns, the more creosote it will make. The opposite holds true, the faster the wood burns, the less creosote it produces. And because pine burns fast, it won’t make a lot of creosote. The bottom line is, make sure your firewood (no matter what kind) is below 20% moisture.

They make moisture meters for that, like these from Amazon, Moisture Meter(Read more about firewood moisture content).

But you don’t really need them if you’re experienced with firewood, you can tell by looking at it if it’s dry or not. But if you’d rather be safe than sorry, I’d recommend getting yourself one.

Splitting Pine

Well, you got your pine tree all cut up and now it’s time to split it. The best time to split the pine wood is when it’s frozen, yea frozen. Pine is one the toughest woods to split! If you can’t get it while it’s frozen, then hopefully you can split it green.

But it’s just tough when you use a splitting axe or maul. Hydraulic log splitter would be ideal. The wood is knotty and stringy and just a genuine pain in the sassafras! A lot of people give up on pine if they have to split it, and that’s why.

If you’re new to splitting wood, I wrote a helpful guide on how to do it. You can check it out here, How to split wood by hand

Seasoning Pine Firewood

How long does it take for pine to be safe to burn? Well, it depends when you cut it. If you cut it during the winter months when the sap is mostly down in the roots, it should take about 6 or 7 months to dry.

If it wasn’t cut during the winter months, that means the sap will be throughout the wood, then it’ll take up to a year to season. Seasoning pine is the most important step, don’t get impatient! It’ll be worth the wait in the long run.

If you want some tips on seasoning your firewood, check out my guide on how I do it. How to dry wet firewood

How Much Does A Cord Of Pine Wood Weigh

In case you were wondering what a cord of pine would weigh, it depends on what kind of pine it is. But with that said, it should be between 2300 and 2600 lbs.

It’s a softwood, so obviously, it isn’t going to have the weigh that say, oak or maple would have. Also, it depends if it’s green or seasoned. if it’s green it’ll have more weight because of the moisture in it. And of course, if it’s seasoned, it’ll be less weight because of the lack of moisture in the wood.


So, much like sassafras and eucalyptus, you now know pine is safe to burn. Don’t listen to all the negative hearsay about pine firewood. None of it is true. So, remember, make sure it’s seasoned and enjoy all the heat that it gives off, plus it smells good too. Don’t be afraid of pine, embrace it! it’s well worth it unless you have to split it!

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