McLeod Jeff wrote:I've been going through this fascinating sub-forum. I have a quick question perhaps someone could answer - sorry if it has been answered already but I haven't seen anything. Anyhoo .... has anyone tried burning charcoal? I was wondering if there is any gain to making up charcoal in bulk and then using it in your stove.
S Bengi wrote:Weight for weight almost all wood have the same energy density due to the fact that they are made from exactly the same thing.
Its just with volume that they vary.
Richard Wood wrote:
S Bengi wrote:
most people miss this a pound equals a pound.
The question of the day, we use this chart for comparison of different woods. most charts were meant considering old style stoves , fireplaces.
The majority of the energy from burning wood comes from cellulose, which is the same for all trees. Buy your wood by the pound, and no longer care what species it is. Or if particular woods burn in a way you like, feel free to buy that kind. If you are cutting your own wood, choose trees that are dying, or are otherwise sub-optimal.
Water weighs a lot, so make sure your wood is thoroughly dry before weighing (or burning)!
allen lumley wrote:Topher Belknap : Buying wood by the pound sounds like a good idea, except- Then It becomes your responsibility to use a tester that will give you an instant
readout on the Moisture Content of your fuel wood, Adulteration would just be to easy and tempting to not be considered.
allen lumley wrote:
I just took a look at the www.woodworkers.com site and the price range for detecting wood moisture levels, ease of use and accuracy vary widely,
Every thing else being equal I will buy by the cord with the meaning of the term already agreed to and stack the wood my self, if i am not satisfied
with the volume, I am probably still better off than trying to guestimate the % of Moisture content !
Again while I trust my fellow man as a general rule, I expect that buying by the Pound is a good way to insist on buying High Moisture content fuel !
allen lumley wrote:I have checked my Personal B.S./'But we have always done it this way' Meter and see nothing but future heartburn from a change to buying Wood by the pound !