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David Livingston
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We have a big stand of Bamboo here on site and I was wondering would it make a good fuel ?
any one tried it

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Michael Cox
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I would think so, provided it is allowed time to dry. In my limited experience bamboo dried surprisingly slowly - the outer skin seems like it is a bit water proof. I'd consider making a simple rack to hold cut bundles up off the ground to dry with good air circulation.
 
Mark Chadwick
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Dried adequately it burns hot and fast. Might be ideal for a RMS but I only use it for kindling.
 
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geoff lawton shows bamboo used as fuel in his Power of Bamboo video (not sure if it's in this trailer):
 
Michael Qulek
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Bamboo is too valuable to burn in my opinion. The fact that it is hollow means that it has excellent structural properties for its weight, but hollowness is the last thing you want for a fuel. You want mass, and the more the better. That's why the heaviest woods like oak and hickory come up on top of the wood burning list. The only good reason for burning bamboo is if you want to simply get rid of it.
 
nathan luedtke
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If you want to try making Bamboo Charcoal, you may end up with a fantastic, high quality product. You could use it for fuel, art, and even as a filter. Maybe you could build a pyrolisis chamber that would provide heat while cooking the charcoal.
 
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