Thinking back a number of years. In my area, poplar was being
planted to replace what had been harvested. That was the choice
because it was one of the quickest growing species.
Two quick thoughts...
1) Birch is supposed to have the highest BTU output when used as
firewood. Not sure about poplar. You might want to check that
2) Local borg charges an arm and a leg for S4S Poplar. Not sure
why. I can't imagine trying to stain it. Price is very close to
S4S Maple. Might be better off selling it, than burning it...
As others have stated, poplar is not a good choice. AIUI, osage orange (aka
hedge apple, maclura pomifera) has a rapid growth rate and is the best
firewood out there. Whether it gets to be usable firewood in a short
period, versus a collection of twigs and sticks, I dunno.
As other people have stated and you posted, a pound of wood is a pound of
wood. Since cottonwood grows rapidly, producing two pounds of wood in the
time it takes a hickory to produce one, by the table you referenced, the nod
goes to cottonwood in BTU/annum. This is true regardless of where the wood
is located, Mr. Cawthorne, though if you find the leap difficult, pick two
species which grow near you for comparison. That's why hybrid poplar, ash
and tamarack are planted for rapid pulp and firewood production.
Once again, as other people have posted - that's me, other people - you now
have to learn to burn what you have. You can write all the poorly
researched articles you want, but if you're burning pine the way you would
burn maple, it's chimney fire time. Same with wet wood, where the low heat
of the generated steam keeps other volatiles from igniting. Heat is not
only in the stick, but the stove. Steppe peoples who have only grass and
twigs as fuel hold and trap every bit of heat with thermal mass and baffled
I used to camp in HedgeRows back in Scouts in Kansas. Osage Orange also
has some features which reduce it attractiveness around the campfire.
It pop while burning. Maybe OK for stoves but it tends to toss burning
crap out of fireplaces. It's tough to cut and tends to dull cutting
edges. We used to camp mostly in Oak and Hedge woods. when we went to
Colorado, we thought the wood smelled funny while burning.
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