Oak is a hardwood, and one of the best for heat. Hardwoods are very dense. They pack more BTUs (heat units) of potential heat energy per volume of firewood. Therefore they tend to be the best firewood types for heat and for cooking. However, they are more difficult to get ignited in the first place. Pine is a softwood. Softwoods are less dense and also tend to be more resinous. This means they ignite much faster, and thus can be good as a starter wood to get your fire going. However, they tend to give off less heat and burn faster. Pine has medium heat but burns out quickly, and is easy to burn but produces more smoke, ok if you want a quick warming fire or short fire that will burn out before you go to bed.
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