Spent the week in Colorado. Took a long drive with my brother to go see his new home site. Along the way stopped at an antique shop and noticed it was heated with a nice looking stove...I walked up to the thing and it was stamped metal, held together with rivets. I asked the guy what he was burning and he said "junk wood". Basicly the trees around there hardly get taller than 8 feet except for some really old hardwoods that are only found around older houses and on some creek beds. most of what the guy burns is these crazy looking fibrus bushes that grow toa about 2 feet tall max and have a narly twisted almost braided looking trunk. The guy was an american indian and we had a pretty good conversation about what people heat with around there. he said from time to time he gets Pinon but that's about the highest quality wood he has access too. He cleans his chimney at least every 2 weeks. Says he has never seen anyone else around there clean a chimney and every year at least one place burns to the ground. Later in the week I was in an old mining town and went into another antique shop and they had an ancient pot belly stove with a door that didn't fit well enough to keep me from seeeing that they were burning wood. There was a bin of wood abo[tu 2 feet away from the stove.....just basicly pits and pieces that looked to have been scrounged, and there was a bin of coal about a foot in front of the stove. big 4 -6 inch pieces. Looked up and where her single wall pipe disapeared into the tin ceiling it was all black and discolored with soot. place was at least a hundred years old so I figure they've been going on that way forever. Saw lots of chimneys around while I was there and saw some respectable wood stacks but always soft woods. The only place I saw anything that looked like hardwood was at a "woflgang puck's " restuarant for the pizza oven. not sure what it was. just thought it was interesting to see how other's heat with wood and thought I would share. Gives me a whole new appreciation for my "free" oak supply.