Thank you -- really first-class reply. This forum is a treasure-trove of folk who have been there and done that.beardedwonder5 wrote:Willow or ash...........
porker wrote:I get all my firewood for free ...
Interesting article I was reading the other day, from the USA, in which it was suggested that dry is not always best BUT wet must be burnt in a special kind of boiler that allows 'water gas' to form, and burn. Some interesting pics of blue flames...though I don't want to invest in that kind of technology right now as we have a perfectly serviceable log/anthracite boiler.beardedwonder5 wrote:Willow. The crux is dry matter per hectare per year. Willow is good.
We wouldn't dream of squandering our wood on an open fire (other than on Christmas Day, maybe!)Another problem with willow is that you can't use it for a cheery fireplace log. Wood-burning stove (closed) OK.
It isn't my intention. I think that a really well-managed and exploited smallholding is going to be more valuable as time goes by. The present economic crisis is a symptom of gross overspending, borrowing and mismanagement and is going to result in 'tough times ahead' for many. Food and energy are going to become more valuable -- I say 'valuable' as opposed to 'expensive'.Are you aiming to make your smallholding a park? For eventual sale to a park-lover?
Can't be as cheaply-sourced as from your own land, if you fell and cut the wood yourself.(N.b., oak timber will for the foreseeable future be more cheaply sourced from middle and eastern Europe.)
beardedwonder5 wrote:Change of subject. In my ignorance I didn't think that water, in whatever phase, could burn. Exception: if you separate hydrogen from oxygen. But the energy input to do that is enormous.
So, Lemain, how are you going to transport the wood from where you cut it down to where you eventually use it?
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