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Yep, Cottonwood is really soft for a deciduous tree. It isn't much fun to work because the wood sorta pills up.

It does put out a lot of BTU's as firewood. It burns hot and fast when dry. Problem is, there seems to be the same volume of ashes as the wood you originally put in the stove! It also has a rather unpleasant odor.

Cottonwood lumber holds up well outside in the weather although as mentioned above, if the bark is left on the round, it will turn to dust in short order.

Cottonwood is in demand for livestock trailer decking and loading chutes because it is soft enough for hooved critters to get a purchase on it and keep from slipping.
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