The tree I cut uip today had leaves all over it, and "fruit" too.
I've never cut up a live tree before, only dead stuff that fell over
because it was dead.
But the little chain saw went through this wood very quickly. IMO.
Before Ihrow the wood in the stream bed, does that mean it might be
good as firewood, or would it have to sit for a year or two.
If I shouldn't throw it in a stream bed, dry most of the year, what
should I do with it. I have enough firewood already and I can't
babysit it for a year.
Yes, "green" wood generally cuts easier than seasoned (dry) wood.
Let it dry out for a year, preferably someplace protected from rain,
but that isn't absolutely necessary.
Don't stack it in a stream bed. Stack it someplace with good drainage
and the least exposure to wetness. The dryer the better, but just
stacked out in the open where it can dry out after getting rained on
will work. If you can cover it with a tarp after it's stacked it will
That's what I meant by stream *bed*. It only floods for about 10 or
20 hours a year, spread out over about 4 incidents a year. The rest
of the time it's the ground may be damp but there's no standing water
in that part of the bed. The normal stream has running water all the
time, but this is the flood stage bed.
The property management woman was going to call the company that mows
the lawn. I guess they would take the wood away, but would they find
a better use for it?
Maybe the pieces of the trunk but what about the limbs that are 4
inches thick or less?
It seems like a lot of work for them for very little benefit to
society. Plus they bill the HOA.
It sure sounds like cottonwood to me. Very soft wood. Similar to
basswood. Might be good for a woodcarver. Not terrific firewood -
burns easiy but not a lot of heat - more smoke than, say, maple or
If, indeed, it was a cottonwood (see other note on identifying it for
certain), the wood itself is virtually worthless for anything, including
If you're lucky somebody will be willing to haul it off...
Worthless for anything? There are a lot of people living out in the
middle and west side of the country that will disagree. Value of any
wood depends on where it it is. Were I in the Eastern US I wouildn't
touch cottonwood as far better wood is available. May come as news to
you but world in the Northern Hemisphere there is far more softwood
than hardwood burned as hardwoods are not available.
FWIW that you apparently don't know. ALL wood contains approximately
the same BTU per pound. Thus a pound of balsa will put out just as
much heat as a pound of oak.
I know quite a lot about cottonwood and wood scarcity, actually, living
on the High Plains where the cottonwood is about the only thing there
was (and precious few of them before turn of 20th century).
They were used some, yes, and there were even attempts early on to
actually turn them into commercial lumber but all were _very_ shortlived.
That it does have a similar Btu content doesn't mean that it burns at
all well and is much suited for firewood, either. It is similar to some
of the other common trees in the area such as Siberian elm in that it
produces a very high quantity of ash when burned.
From US Forest Products Laboratory...
I'll concede it is used some in small items such as containers and such
where the white color lets it be stenciled easily and it does make a
good pulp wood for paper for much the same reasons. How much is
actually commercially consumed viz a viz other species I didn't look up
but I suspect it's a pretty small fraction.
The tree itself (other than the nuisance cotton-shedding) is quite a
nice shade tree and being akin to the aspens, the leaf rustling sounds
are very pleasant in moderate to low breezes. Unfortunately, here in SW
KS the days of only "moderate" wind aren't necessarily all that common
altho today is pretty good, last to have been steady 30-40 mph gusting
to 45+. Tomorrow is projected another at 30 or so ahead of the next front.
Your original comment was that it was worthless for _firewood_. The
only thing you medntioned about that was it produces a lot of ash.
There is a lot of cottonwood used for firewood where other species
Comes down to a cord of cottonwood in the stacks is way more valuable
than a cord of oak you don't have.
It's still pretty much worthless; only that if there's nothing else then
one may have to make do...
And I also mentioned it doesn't burn worth a crap for fire, too...too
fast if dry and not easy to keep going if wet.
All in all, as a wood except for pulpwood and some other very limited
uses it's just not much of anything to brag about.
It's much better as a tree.
Maybe I can put it back together again.
All my muscles are sore and I was too tired to do any work on
Wednesday, but my back has not hurt since Tuesday, the day I cut it
up. . It's been hurting for 3 months if I walk more than 10
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