Over and over we see people posting about getting or needing some shoulder season wood so I thought maybe it was time to talk about it more. For sure there is wood that can work well in spring/fall when short small fires are desired. Many types of wood can fit the bill, but should we go looking for it? Personally we do usually get some but never have I actually went to the woods looking for some. Why should I. Shoot, oak can and will work good for that; it just takes a little bit for a small and short fire and it can even leave you some coals. We have had a couple winters through our years of wood burning where we've burned nothing but cheap junk wood. One in particular was a winter after a move and nothing to start with and no dollars to buy wood. I talked a neighbor into letting me cut dead popple (aspen) to heat our home and that is all we used that winter. Yes it sure seemed like a long winter that year and we had a few frozen pipes to mess with but we lived through it. Another winter we burned all ash that was fresh cut. Nasty... But when I read about folks actually looking for shoulder season wood I can't help but thing that it doesn't take any longer to cut good hardwood than it takes to cut softer wood, it does make me wonder. This year we still have some poor wood in our stacks that we'll burn but if we had nothing but oak, maple, ironwood, elm, etc to burn I would not be disappointed! What say you? Do you need shoulder season wood?