As far as hardwood vs. softwood, or Douglas Fir vs. Western Red Cedar, no type of wood is more harmful than the next when burning in a fireplace. But burning wood that is not properly seasoned will produce a LOT of smoke, which when breathed in excess can be harmful to your health. So when taking wood seasoning into consideration, the type of wood DOES matter – some types of wood season faster/better than others.
Check out http://www.mastersweep.com/wood.htm for a great breakdown of the pros and cons of hardwoods vs. softwoods.
Unseasoned wood of any variety produces excess creosote which is unhealthy. The link below offers some basic guidelines for keeping your fire safe and healthy for you. Enjoy!
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