This is an essential guide to finding the right type of wood to burn in your stove, fire or fireplace. Please . how to choose trees to cut down for firewood with tips on tree species and Sorry but Fir pine and . - Identifying split wood for fires is challenging. Use leaves and bark for identifiers. Split wood may not have leaves, but oftennches or twigs will have remnants of leaves that can identify firewood. Look at the wood grains. Oaks and similar hardwoods have long, straight grains. Try color, smell and weight.. - Hemlock is easy to id when alive, so long as you can see its top. Higher up on the tree, the white fir bark is lighter in color and smoother..