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quaking aspen and others in the poplar family for burning?

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by WonderingWoman, Sep 16, 2008.

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  1. Adios Pantalones

    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

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    For privacy- you'll want to look at evergreens. Firs are a good bet.

    If there is sun- you can get arbor vitae that grows really fast. There's a scale causing issues for AV in some places, but it can be controled.

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  2. Tfin

    Tfin New Member

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    Oh it gets direct sun almost all day long....and yes these would be for privacy/shade, not for burning.

    Arbor Vitae hu....have to look into that.
  3. Rob From Wisconsin

    Rob From Wisconsin Minister of Fire

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    Boxelder seems to grow rather quickly around here (soft maple).
    Beyond that - Willow, Cottonwood & the trusty Aspen.

    Like was said before, Aspen is great for me, because it dries so fast.
    Got a lot of it in my wood shed.
  4. ISeeDeadBTUs

    ISeeDeadBTUs Guest

    Do not waste your back muscles on Aspen! Yes it burns. Yes it's light. Yes, it also burns. Unfortunately, it takes up space in your wood-getter, wood-storage, and wood-fired hydronic unit. Unless you like to sit around all winter feeding a fire, burn real wood!
  5. savageactor7

    savageactor7 Minister of Fire

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    Ive been cutting poplar saplings down like forever cause I've always considered them a nuisance but now that the emerald ash borer is on the march toward me I've decided to let the poplars go. They grow fast and are easy takes to harvest sure they won't hold a fire overnight but with the newer stoves they do burn better...I can live with them.

    In late spring when they put out their seed it's almost like it's snowing...ya gotta play with the cards you're dealt with...besides in another year I'll be retired so that'll give me something to dick with in the winter.
  6. rich81

    rich81 Member

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    very nice trees usually very full from the bottom up. justed planted 7 of them last friday
  7. JBinKC

    JBinKC Feeling the Heat

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    Nothing wrong with burning poplar. It splits very easy, dries fast and great for flash fires and is a great wood to use when you require a flame but you also need to reduce the size of a large coalbed.
  8. rich81

    rich81 Member

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    i just asked this same question a few weeks ago and got one answer. i'm glad someone else asked it becasue they got bout 3 pages worth of answers LOL
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