fuel in the hearth

Poplar is one of the poorest woods for hearth fuel, but can make great charcoal.


East to split


Usually needs other wood kindling to fire it up as the wood tends to smoulder at first


No sparking


Does smoke a bit so it is essential for the wood to be very dry

Heat Quality?

Gives much lower heat than most woods and will only burn if very dry, and when it does burn it burns very quickly too, so a lot of work for little fuel return.

However, Poplar is a very popular biomass fuel due to being fast growing, easy to coppice, and when poplar is cut live at the right time and stored well it can be a good fuel.


Some pleasant fragrance when burning

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