My brother works as the property manager for a retirement place for rich people around here and he called the other day to ask if I would be interested in some poplar. He said they all blew down this past spring and they just "dumped it out back". Free to take it if I want it. I have not yet seen it so I don't know the condition of the wood, if its all rotten and waterlogged, still in logs, giant rounds or what. My only experience with poplar was that as a kid my mother had a handful that were probably closing in on 100 years old, they were all a solid60 feet tall + and had trunks that must have been a good 4 feet in daimeter...but I've never burned it. My guess is it spretty soft and has a low btu rating, similar to pine...on the other hand free wood is free wood. I can always bring it home and its there if I need it or we have a warmer day and I want to keep the stove going at a lower temperature. Opinions? Free wood is good wood, just wondering how well or poorly poplar burns...lots of ash and no coals too, right?