Hardwoods (Oak, Mesquite, Pecan, Hickory) are typically more dense resulting in a hot, long lasting fire. A hardwood fire will often leave behind hot coals which give out radiant heat for a long period of time. For these reasons, hardwoods are great options for both cooking and recreational enjoyment. Softwoods (Piñon, Juniper) grow much faster than hardwoods resulting in a lighter, less dense firewood. Softwoods light easier, season quicker, burn fast and hot leaving behind a very fine ash making them great options for recreational burning, whether camping, in a backyard fire pit or outdoor fireplace.