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oaktree

grow your own firewood

How do you go about growing yourown firewood?

What should you plant?

How much should you plant?

How long will it take before you can 'harvest' the wood?
Justme

Re: grow your own firewood

oaktree wrote:
1, How do you go about growing yourown firewood?

2, What should you plant?

3, How much should you plant?

4, How long will it take before you can 'harvest' the wood?


1, Better bet to buy a woodland with trees on it. Will cost slightly less than good land & no costs to plat plus a harvest from day one.
2, Trees  :q28: seriously you want fast growing copice able ones like willow. Personaly I would use a good mix.
3, How much do you need? Is it just for you/ Just for a winter fire or like us to cook,heat & hot water year round?
4, You could harvest from year one but it will be a waste. You will have some thinings to do each year. 3 years should see you with 1 to 2" stems but 10 years would be better.

We worked out that about 2 acres rotated would last for ever.


Justme
bodger

Quick growers, add silver birch, hazel and alder to willow.
green man

I planted a wood and one eucalyptus in my garden this has produced the most timber I have removed it's top completely twice, it has grown about 10/12 feet since I last topped it 18 months ago the wood seems to burn well it seems dense even the leaves burn when green but I don't know what it would do to a chimney pot or if it spits and crackles on the fire, willow seems to spit -they say ash makes good firewood green or seasoned. Didn't we do a post about the different types of fire wood a while ago ?

http://www.the-tree.org.uk/TreeCu...on&Uses/Firewood/firewood.htm
Justme

Thats odd we use a lot of willow & never have any spitting. It is from mature trees of about 30cm. Tend to cut down then leave, about a month or so later cut into long logs & about a month later in to burning sized logs & split them. Not as seasoned as they say you need but on the willow it works. Ash is good if you run out but watch out if you get behind as it will all be gone before you realise it.

justme
green man

Justme they reckon willow is one of the most promiscuous Trees going, so you never know you may have a cross that is as good as ash to burn you can only speak as you find don't burn it all in case it's special :-)
bodger

Somewhere back in the eons of time, someone on here did a bit on the various burning qualitys of the different species of trees. To be honest, we have always been prepared to burn anything that was for free.
The worst timber that I've ever burnt was actually eucalyptus GM.
green man

http://www.the-tree.org.uk/TreeCu...on&Uses/Firewood/firewood.htm

Quote "needs to be well seasoned ,burns fast but does not spit"  :-)

You haven't lived till you've burned eucalyptus ::
Whipcord

Beechwood fires are bright and clear
If the logs are kept a year,
Chestnut's only good they say,
If for logs 'tis laid away.
Make a fire of Elder tree,
Death within your house will be;
But ash new or ash old,
Is fit for a queen with crown of gold.

Birch and fir logs burn too fast
Blaze up bright and do not last,
it is by the Irish said
Hawthorn bakes the sweetest bread.
Elm wood burns like churchyard mould,
E'en the very flames are cold
But Ash green or Ash brown
Is fit for a queen with golden crown.

Poplar gives a bitter smoke,
Fills your eyes and makes you choke,
Apple wood will scent your room
Pear wood smells like flowers in bloom
Oaken logs, if dry and old
keep away the winter's cold
But Ash wet or Ash dry
a king shall warm his slippers by.


cheers
chris
jainw

I like that poem.

I have 2 hazel trees in the garden, and they need severe prunining every year, they really grow, and the wood burns a treat.
The worst thing I have ever burnt is old pallets (broken ones, no good for anything) - they go up in about 2 seconds.WHOOSHHH.
random

we have a poem like that in Swedsih too, I'll have to have a go at translating it.
bodger

green man wrote:
Quote "needs to be well seasoned ,burns fast but does not spit"  :-)

You haven't lived till you've burned eucalyptus ::


We lived all winter trying to burn our eucalyptus   it wouldn't  :smt046
It was after the gales a few years ago, that ' Blind Pugh' , thats my mate from across the fields and I purloined some humungus logs of the stuff with a tractor that we had borrowed. Thinking eucalyptus oil and cracking burning stuff, we saved the logs until the grips of winter really set in. Only to be bitterly disapointed when it came to their turn to be used. It burnt with a cold grey smoke and never really put its heart into burning. :sad10: It was a cold winter and we had to burn it along side coal just to get rid of it.
bodger

Whipcord wrote:
Beechwood fires are bright and clear
If the logs are kept a year,
Chestnut's only good they say,
If for logs 'tis laid away.
Make a fire of Elder tree,
Death within your house will be;
But ash new or ash old,
Is fit for a queen with crown of gold.

Birch and fir logs burn too fast
Blaze up bright and do not last,
it is by the Irish said
Hawthorn bakes the sweetest bread.
Elm wood burns like churchyard mould,
E'en the very flames are cold
But Ash green or Ash brown
Is fit for a queen with golden crown.

Poplar gives a bitter smoke,
Fills your eyes and makes you choke,
Apple wood will scent your room
Pear wood smells like flowers in bloom
Oaken logs, if dry and old
keep away the winter's cold
But Ash wet or Ash dry
a king shall warm his slippers by.


cheers
chris


Thats the one Chris.
Viva

A couple of years ago someone set fire to a small scots pine near us.  It was just scorched enough to kill it and it's still standing, would that make good burning or a bit fast  :smt103 ?

What about bark?  They done loads of selective felling in the woods - really well considering how much    - and there is loads of bark lying around on the tracks so I'm hoping it's ok to pick that up.
Porffor

booo hisss conifers...

We moved in to a new home last year, with a HUGE conifer.. planted 5 years ago it stood taller than the house...
I did put it on freecycle but no one that wanted wood could be bothered felling it...
felled it in late autumn and had an amazing bonfire from it this november!  
gerard b

Anyone know if hawthorn or whitethorn is any good to burn?
bodger

Hawthorne is brilliant.

I've had to hunt high and low for this rhyme.

Beechwood fires are bright and clear
If the logs are kept a year,
Chestnut's only good they say,
If for logs 'tis laid away.
Make a fire of Elder tree,
Death within your house will be;
But ash new or ash old,
Is fit for a queen with crown of gold

Birch and fir logs burn too fast
Blaze up bright and do not last,
it is by the Irish said
Hawthorn bakes the sweetest bread.
Elm wood burns like churchyard mould,
E'en the very flames are cold
But ash green or ash brown
Is fit for a queen with golden crown

Poplar gives a bitter smoke,
Fills your eyes and makes you choke,
Apple wood will scent your room
Pear wood smells like flowers in bloom
Oaken logs, if dry and old
keep away the winter's cold
But ash wet or ash dry
a king shall warm his slippe
sod

Maybe I can help here some gums never burn as they are Australian and the leaves burn very hot full of the oil to clear the ground for their seeds to fall into but the tree don't burn at all. We have them here other gum burn long and slow, they did tests here and found that all wood give of sane BTU per tonne some fast some slow. Most firewood sold here is Radiata Pine and some Macrocarpa. We as others said burn wood!! free is best.  
jainw but free pallets make many things then great for starting fire and quick heat  

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