quaking aspen and others in the poplar family for burning?

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  1. WonderingWoman

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    Is there anything inherently wrong with burning woods from the poplar family, such as aspens and cottenwood? We have aspens here and I just trimmed the ones in my yard. I figured that in a year or two I could burn it. I know it's not primo, but can I burn it?
     

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    If it's wood, burn it.
     
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    Do they baby-sit for each other? I remember reading or watching a show where they were talking about humans and how we relate emotionally to other species of all types. Example: It's OK for us to kill & eat Tuna...but we would never kill & eat a Dolphin, because Dolphins are so much more fun to play with, and Dolphin mothers have been observed apparently baby-sitting for each other. So...I ask you...could you cut down and burn a tree that will baby-sit for her friend? Don't lose all compassion just because you wield a chainsaw. Watch them for a while, and if they exhibit any signs whatever of anthropomorphism, then just let them be your friends. :p Rick
     
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    It just does not have a great BTU value. It burns well when seasoned. Softwood is nice just b/c it is light. After dealing with big oak rounds, even ash and others feel light like soft wood.

    I could enjoy handling a cord of that...
     
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    Must be all those years at sea, with no wood to burn :p

    Rick, yer a crewl dude when it comes to wood for burning [​IMG]

    WW, season it, and burn it, woman !!!![​IMG]
     
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    Thanks, I'll burn it. I'll cut it and put it on my next year pile of wood.
     
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    Nope, they reproduce with highly primative and invasive methods, by sending suckers all over my yard.
     
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    Cut them and burn them, every one! :coolgrin: Rick
     
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    I heat SOLELY with aspen. Mostly because I get it for free, but its actually a pretty good firewood, it seasons very fast, and if you can pack enough into your stove, it will burn all night pretty easily. Smells nice, and not much ash
     
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    cool! There's a lot of it here along the rivers and streams!
     
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    Aspen is pretty similar to cottonwood and I processed and burned 7 cords of it last year. It burns just fine. You need to season it properly by getting it off of the ground and out of the rain or it'll rot out really quickly.

    I saved a colony of quaking aspen on my woodlot because they sound so nice in the wind. Goofy looking tree though.
     
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    Poplar is pretty close to aspen...

    ... and we've burned tons of it over the years. Might be difficult to hold a fire overnight with it but in the day time when you up and about you house it's great. Puts out plenty of heat right away and leaves little coals...so just save the hardwood for overnight burns. Poplar is our go to wood for instant morning heat...yeah so it doesn't last long conscientious woodburners can work around that.

    With out newer EPA stove it burns so much better that I've stopped brush cutting the poplar saplings as a nuisance tree and am letting them alone...something will have to replace our ash when the emerald borer gets here. One final thing imo standing poplar is an easy take to harvest as well, being that the trees grow straight and the branches are small very much like an ash tree.

    Just to clarify I'm NOT saying poplar is a good wood...we just happen to accept it for what it is and like it that way.
     
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    Ooooooooooooooo! Aspen, that is some of the best wood on the planet for smoking salmon! You get a good bed of hot coals going in an ouside firepit and then put green aspen wood on the coals. That will be the best fish you've ever eaten!

    You have my mouth watering:)
     
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    Lots -o- cotton wood here. Aspen's fuzzy cousin. I like the fact that you can drop the tree and zip zip zip right down the log and at the end, have narry a small pile of brush and nice uniform rounds that split like a dream.Ya blink twice, Regrows, and ya cut again. Quick hot fires that work great for morning chill and shoulder season. Get it off the ground and split right away tho, cause it rots/turns punky fast in the round and when left in moist contact.
     
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    Oh and you dont need to wait a year or two for poplar,aspen, cotton wood to season. Give it all summer split & stacked in the sun and it should be plenty dry and ready to go_One year tops.If stored longer than that, move it inside a wood shed. Wait two years stacked outside in the elements, and it could be mostly a pile of dust.
     
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    Yup. If you cut and split the poplar now, you should be able to burn this winter. Maybe late December or January. Poplar dries very quickly. We burn a lot of it and its nice to make fast, hot fires. But lousy for overnite burns.
     
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    Words to live by right there my friends. :coolsmirk:
     
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    yep! I'll burn any tree that grows round here.
     
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    most of my trees grow round too!!! what a coincidence
     
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    A lot of folks are "into" hybrid poplars for planting because they grow back so fast- you can get more wood off an acre. I'll avoid it because I'm "into" native species, but it does seem that poplar is popular in some circles.
     
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    I think this has been asked before, but I'll throw it out there again.

    What are some of the fastest growing native tree species in the northeast (and their growth rate per year)? My front property line along the road has only one small maple and a fairly large lilac bush. I'd like to plant some trees that provide a good deal of privacy.

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    Don't plant poplar if you want a woodlot for firewood that will burn overnight. I use it because I have so much of it. I'm trying to eliminate it and replant with something of quality. Ash and maple would be my first choices.
     
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