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PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2011 10:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Go for it! If it was dead for over a year or so, it will have seasoned standing. The only thing with unseasoned ash is that it will, as Sive said, burn less efficiently, and produce more soot. If the chimney on your burner does not go straight up, check the joints regularly, as this is where the deposits will collect. What a nice xmas present!
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2011 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for your replies. Great!
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2011 3:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

medieval knievel wrote:
we have a 40 foot eucalyptus to cut down in herself's dad's back garden. it died last winter, so should alread be somewhat seasoned.

i tried burning some green ash recently, and it took forever to get started. hissed and fizzed for ages before catching.


Is/was the tree close to the house? Eucalyptus gunnii have a reputation for being potentially dangerous if planted close to a house. As in, much more dangerous than other trees. And I don't think it's to do with branches dropping off out of the blue, it's something else. Might be worth googling.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2011 3:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

medieval knievel wrote:


i tried burning some green ash recently, and it took forever to get started. hissed and fizzed for ages before catching.


Ash has a reputation for burning well when green. From my experience, green Ash burns better than other green trees, but that's about it. Dried Ash burns ok, but is not as good as other dried wood.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2011 3:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sive wrote:
I'm not sure that unseasoned wood does any damage.......the warnings you refer to may merely be that it burns very inefficiently. In other words part of the energy released in burning is used to dry out the wood so you don't get the full benefit of the heat output. Maybe my explanation is scientifically badly explained...... but the bottom line is you get far more heat produced by well-seasoned wood then you do from freshly felled trees.


Sometimes it can be too seasoned. A good few years ago I chopped up some fallen conifer trees.
I was another five years or more before I got 'round to burning it. It was tinder-dry and a bag-of-sugar sized block would burn for about 15 minutes.

The exertion of putting the logs on the fire provided me with more heat than the heat from the buring logs!
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2011 10:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

the danger of burning unseasoned wood with stoves is more creosote buildup than soot; but if the tree was dead standing, you're fine.

Gautama - the tree is probably over 100 foot from the house, so there's no danger there. it's within falling distance of the polytunnel and shed, though, so we are conscious of taking it down soon.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2012 8:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've found willow ok in a stove provided it has a few months to dry.

I plan to try out some Birch - after I prune some silver birches in the garden.

I hope to have long term use of some land and will include some firewood coppicing.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2012 9:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beechwood fires are bright and clear, if the logs are kept a year.
Oaken logs burn steadily, if the wood is old and dry.
Birch and fir logs burn too fast, blaze up bright and do not last.
Chestnut's only good they say if for long is laid away.
But ash new or ash old, is fit for a Queen with a crown of gold.
It is by the Irish said that Hawthorn bakes the sweetest bread.
Poplar gives a bitter smoke, fills your room and makes you choke.
Apple wood will scent your room, with an incense-like perfume.
But ash wet or ash dry, is for a King to warm his slippers by.
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