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Are Box Elder trees a good fuel source for wood stoves?

Asked by DaphneT (5745points) July 16th, 2012

Is there some list of BTUs for each tree specie that I could reference?

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LuckyGuy's avatar

Here’s a list of heat content for different species of wood. You can study it to determine which is best.
But, anyone who burns wood in a high efficiency stove will tell you, “The best wood is what you have that’s free.”

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@LuckyGuy Cool site. @DaphneT Also realize the pines have lots of resins and creosote.

DaphneT's avatar

@LuckyGuy that is a great site! Thanks for the link. I see my tree is on the low side. But hey, tis free! (after I get my brothers to cut it up)

@Adirondackwannabe, we have few pines to use that way, my next step is researching re-growth rates for different trees to replace the ones we’ve taken for fuel.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@DaphneT Hey, there’s a Texas company trying to get our farmers around here to grow a grass as a biofuel. They pellet it and use it for fuel. Let me find that one.

susanc's avatar

Wood that grows fast is not as dense, and denser wood is better for heating because it burns longer. Trade-off.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@susanc It’s not as dense. They compress it into pellets. It becomes dense.

susanc's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe – I didn’t write that very well. No offense to the grass-pellet people. I was skipping back up the thread to the wood discussion.

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