MikeH wrote: Life expectancy of a poplar is 40 years.
H Ludi Tyler wrote:
Personally I would try to plant American Persimmon which has very high btus per cord plus produces food if you're in southern NY. Northern NY is out of the native range of American Persimmon. http://www.treetrail.net/diospyros.html White Oak is also a good choice. http://www.chimneysweeponline.com/howood.htm
Wild Irish Rose wrote:The house (which will be in NY state) will be small (in the 700sqf range), and we'll insulate as best we can. So we'll go through, say, 6 cords of wood each year? Maybe a bit more? How many acres of wooded land do we really need if we're managing the majority of it as a woodlot for firewood, and want it to be fully sustainable?
John Johnson wrote:That is, until I read Mike's comments about the qualities of black locust. Now I've done a 180 from my wood shortage despair.
Taylor Hatfield wrote:
"Bamboo, when used as fire wood, produces more btu per weight than hardwood and makes less ash. "
Sam White wrote:
I recommend The Woodland Way by Ben Law if you wish to read more on the subject of sustainable woodland management and coppicing (albiet in the context of the UK... An american member might be able to recommend a similar book for the US market).
A well stocked mixed broadleaved coppice woodland should produce approximately 3 tonnes of air-dried wood per hectare per year.
An average three bedroomed house would need 7-9 tonnes of air-dried wood to provide all the heating requirements. The area of coppice woodland would need to be at least 3 hectares in order to be self-sufficient in firewood.
Dale Hodgins wrote:I've determined that the exact amount of land required is --- none at all. Free wood sources abound. I only gather free wood if the quality is excellent. My landscaping and demolition work both give me mountains of wood that I'm paid to remove.