Cherry firewood –  A Remarkable Fire-burning Option

When it comes to firewood, many people may try various types for a more enjoyable and long-lasting experience. The cherry firewood is a great option to consider! It may not generate much heat, but it still offers a pleasant aroma. So please continue reading to learn more about cherry firewood and its qualities!

What is Cherry Firewood?

A stack of cherry firewood.

Stack of cherry firewoods.

Cherry firewood is a dark-red wood that offers many benefits for those who own a fireplace. It doesn’t produce a lot of smoke and sparks. Even then, cherry firewood emits a fragrance when burned. It also has applications for smoking meat, incense, and fragrance. 

Burn Qualities of Cherry Firewood

When considering cherry firewoods, you will see they offer varying burn qualities that make them more pleasant.

Heat Production

Compared to popular firewood types, cherry firewood generates less heat. Plus, it quickly and easily lights up a fire.

Smoke Production 

If seasoned well, the cherry will release minimal smoke. Additionally, it won’t produce many sparks, so it can safely burn in an indoor fireplace.

Seasoning Time

A moisture meter can help determine if the firewood has fully seasoned. 

A moisture meter can help determine if the firewood has fully seasoned. 

Cherry firewoods has a seasoning time lasting approximately six to eight months. You can use a moisture meter to measure the firewood’s moisture and determine if it has seasoned for burning.

 Burning Scent

Cherry firewood emits a sweet scent when burned.

Cherry firewoods emits a sweet scent when burned. 

While burning, cherry firewoods emits a refreshing, sweet scent, so many may prefer it over other types. The aroma can also linger for two weeks maximum in a fireplace.

Creosote Buildup

Creosote is hazardous due to its explosive quality, which can start a fire in your chimney. Fully seasoned cherry firewoods create minimal creosote, which will only accumulate a little on the chimney walls.


Split firewood with an axe.

Split firewood with an axe.

To split cherry wood, use a hydraulic wood splitter, axe, or maul. You will find it tougher to split a corkscrew-grown cherry wood, especially if it underwent harsh pruning. So be extra cautious!

Cherry Firewood Type

Many cherry trees exist that are associated with specific firewood. These can differ based on their quality.

Black cherry firewoods

White flowers bloom on a cherry tree in Spring.

White flowers bloom on a cherry tree in Spring.

Generally, cherry firewoods comes from black cherry trees, with white flowers blooming in Spring. Their dark red fruit matures from late August until September. 

These trees can grow 50 to 80 feet tall and thrive with 6+ hours of sunlight daily. Additionally, the bark will become darker as they age. Interestingly, the leaves, which have a green color, feature tiny fuzzy hairs underneath.

Sweet cherry tree

Sweet cherry trees normally grow in various locations in the United States except the Midwest. These types need full sun, a warm climate, and soil with excellent drainage.

Yoshino cherry tree

Yoshino cherry tree with pink flowers in bloom. 

Yoshino cherry tree with pink flowers in bloom. 

Gifted from Japan, the Yoshino cherry trees can be found in Washington, D.C. These bloom pink flowers in the Spring, offering a spectacular view.


Overall, cherry firewood makes the room more pleasant thanks to its long-lasting aroma and low-smoke production. Other than that, you will also need to consider the seasoning time must meet expectations to ensure the firewood can burn safely. 

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