Pinon Pine is native to the Southwestern United States and is a relatively cheap wood to buy in Arizona and New Mexico, but brings top dollar on the East Coast, where people need it to repel mosquitoes in the summer months.
It’s not only a good burning wood, but the trees also provide us with the edible and delicious Pinon Nuts.
Pinon is easy to ignite, making it an excellent choice to mix with a slower burning wood. It’s a great source of alternative heat, especially in a wood burning stove.
Flying insects don’t particularly like the smell of burning Pinon, especially mosquitoes, therefore, it’s a great wood for an open fire while camping, use in Chimineas, or in a fire pit in backyards.
Even though it is technically softwood, it is harder, denser, and has a higher BTU than most softwoods.
Be careful of burning embers for indoor use in fireplaces. A fireplace screen is probably your best bet since Pinon has resins that burn at very high temperatures. This heavy resin will cause the wood to sometimes explode into small pieces of burning wood. But the scent is worth the effort.