Another source of firewood is a tree plantation, often referred to as a forest plantation, timber plantation, or tree farm. It's a type of forest that is specifically cultivated for large scale wood production. This is typically accomplished by planting a singular type of tree, which creates a monoculture forest. The phrase 'tree farm' can also encompass tree nurseries and Christmas tree farms.
The yield of wood from a tree plantation is generally higher than the yield from natural forests. Natural forests managed for wood production usually yield between 1 and 3 cubic metres per hectare each year, fast-growing species on plantations can yield significantly more, often between 20 and 30 cubic metres or more per hectare each year.
Softwoods tend to produce more smoke, thus quickly clogging your chimney with creosote. Keep in mind, fir, pine and cypress trees are all considered softwood, so we suggest staying away from firewood made of these trees.
If you’re a homeowner looking to improve your existing fireplace or switch to wood as your main source of energy, wood burners are an outstanding option. The installation of a wood-burner will provide superior heating efficiency in contrast to an open fire, ensuring you get long-term savings on your energy bills!
These alternatives offer long-lasting wood supplies, with tree tops taking up to five years to decay completely. By tapping into these resources, you are not only guaranteeing a sustainable wood source but also ensuring that no wood goes to waste. Thankfully, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has stepped in and set air quality standards for wood stoves sold after July 1, 1988. Manufacturers are also doing their part by coming up with ingenious ways to minimize the pollutants released during wood burning. They're using secondary burning chambers and catalytic combustors to make a positive difference.
Wood is a fuel source that stands out from the rest because it's renewable. As we speak, new trees are sprouting up, making wood readily available for many people. Not to mention, it's super easy to cut and doesn't cost an arm and a leg. Trees that aren't in good shape, either due to poor formation, disease, or damage, fall under the category of undesirable trees. As part of a thinning operation, certain trees might have to be removed and they can also serve the purpose of firewood. We utilize deadened trees and the remnants of logged trees as exceptional sources of firewood.
Hardwoods are much denser and burn efficiently, while softwood trees are less dense and burn quickly - ideal for sparking a fire, but not recommended for long-burning fires.
High Heat Production ◦
Being much denser, hardwoods generate double the amount of heat than softwoods, ultimately offering improved efficiency.
Many may find it surprising, but firewood serves as a highly efficient and low-carbon resource for fuel. With proper usage and maintenance, a wood-burning stove surpasses the efficiency of an open fireplace remarkably. Not only does it consume less wood, it’s also more economical to operate and contributes positively towards fuel economy.
Homes are very big polluters with a straight pipe of exhaust coming from them. It's not filtered, therefore, a heavy polluter. The technology has come a long way for efficiency from what it used to be, there are air tight units that can burn one piece of firewood for up to two to four hours, and can heat your water or cook you a pizza. It's incredible how far the technology has come even with the use of combination appliances that use fuel as another heating source so if you’re away or not home, your propane or diesel to elect that all hooks up your existing duct works.
Tips to ensure your firewood is dry and ready:
Aromatic Scents ◦
Hardwoods from fruit and nut-bearing trees produce a pleasant, sweet scent when they burn.
Extended Burn Duration ◦
Hardwoods burn for more extended periods of time when compared to softwoods, contributing to fuel cost savings.
Cost effective & heating efficiently, a regular wood burner saves 1000’s of dollars annually with no greenhouse gasses.
1 bush cord = 900 litres of fuel to heat your home!
Long-Lasting Coals ◦
Hardwoods have the capacity to create longer-lasting coals that can be used for many things like cooking and smoking foods.
- Give yourself enough time to allow it to dry out
- Chop the bigger pieces to make them smaller and speed up the process
- Stack it in an appropriate log storage spot, preferably outside
- Store it somewhere dry, sunny, and with plenty of air to circulate - to prevent mold
A cord of hardwood such as maple, oak, or hickory may contain twice as much energy as a cord of softwood such as pine or balsam fir. This variation in energy is because a cord of hardwood is more dense and heavy than softwood.
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