Resin rich woods such as cedar and redwoods are among the hottest and fastest burning. The heat and speed with which a wood burns is determined by many factors. Properly seasoned wood burns much hotter than green wood.
Starting a fire is much easier when using properly seasoned resin-rich woods. An individual should use a wood such as cedar for the base of the fire building to an outer layer of larger long burning logs such as oak and ash. One cord of seasoned hardwood such as oak, hickory and elm contains as much heating energy, in Btu, as 200 gallons of heating oil.