I've been burning wood for a long time, mostly starting around 1969 when my parents purchased an old farm and decided to heat it with a woodstove. Although I've been in a couple of situations where I purchased wood, most has come from "out back" where the primary hardwood is beech and lots of soft maple. Occasionally we're lucky enough to get a rock maple or yellow birch, and we've burnt a fair amount of grey and white birch, ash and poplar as well. I used to love the occasional cherry in the mix, the wood has a beautiful salmon color, and it always seemed to make extra nice coal beds in the stove. We got away from wood about 20 years ago when my wife was struggling with the occasional puff of smoke, and we used strictly oil for a number of years. After the price of oil spiked about 5 years ago, I got her to let me install a Tarm gasifier in the cellar, and we've used it for year 'round heat and hot water since. We had a Vermont Castings gas stove for ambience in the living room, but the price of gas and the smell of burning dust that inevitably accompanied the occasional use finally led us to sell it and we purchased a used Jotul 602 CB, which has a slight nostalgia value for us since our first woodstove as a couple was a Scandia copy of the 602. The Tarm has been fantastic in its role, but the choice of wood is far less important than in a stove, other than that it must be dry and split fairly small. Since I usually kindle a fire and burn it completely, coal beds aren't much of an issue. I happened to have a decent sized cherry in my pile this year, and I've diverted most of it to the Jotul. Though they're fairly rare out back, I'm going to have to find more, as it burns as well as I remember. Strangely, most of the "wood guides" give it a fairly low rating, but what do they know? I'm not sure if it's pin or black, I suspect pin.