Why does oak burn much longer than pine?



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    Oak is considered a hardwood while pine is a softwood.  Hardwoods are more dense and burn for a greater period of time.  While a softwood like pine may produce a vibrant, hot fire for a short period of time, oak will burn at a more even rate. 

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    Oak is much harder than pine, which translates to oak being more dense. A higher density means that there is more wood to be burned before it has all been carbonized. Oak is actually praised for being a very long burning wood and is preferred for this reason. Pine, while burning much more quickly, takes a lot less time to dry. Some people might find this more preferable.

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