Welcome, Guest
Username: Password: Remember me

TOPIC: Best trees for firewood...

Best trees for firewood... 17 Sep 2006 10:10 #6668

I know we are looking at a long term project here but hubby's been tossing around the idea that we should plant some trees for firewood. Gum; he seems keen on. Anyone have any ideas as to the best trees. The area where we think we will plant gets quite wet for about 2 months of the year...would that make a huge difference when deciding which tree to plant? Any ideas would be appreciated. We are in the Waikato. Thanks.
The administrator has disabled public write access.

Best trees for firewood... 17 Sep 2006 11:03 #116009

  • Kate
  • Kate's Avatar
  • OFFLINE
  • Administrator
  • Web Goddess
  • Posts: 10909
  • Thank you received: 47
Hi BB

We planted about 20 Shining Gum (Eucalyptus nitens) about 4-5 years ago and they're coming along nicely considering they're so exposed. There is some infomation here:

http://www.lifestyleblock.co.nz/articles/crops/06_coppicing.htm

Cheers
Kate
Web Goddess
The administrator has disabled public write access.

Best trees for firewood... 17 Sep 2006 12:13 #116024

Hey, thanks Kate. Just what I wanted.
The administrator has disabled public write access.

Best trees for firewood... 17 Sep 2006 12:45 #116030

Blue gums-nitens are great, they coppice too.
Mary

"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its trouble,
It empties today of its strength."
The administrator has disabled public write access.

Best trees for firewood... 17 Sep 2006 12:56 #116031

  • jrp
  • jrp's Avatar
  • OFFLINE
  • lsb member
  • Posts: 101
I've just planted 300 firewood, shelter, and some timber trees - fun fun fun.

E.Nitens aren't so good on wet (or drought) sites.
E.Ovata Swamp Gum can handle wet and drought, and coppices.
Maybe an Alnus Cordata (Italian Alder) to add colour etc in Autumn.

There's a lot of factors to consider. What kind of other conditions are there - ie. predominant wind, soil type, amount of sun, temperature etc. What grows well at the neighbours etc.
The administrator has disabled public write access.

Best trees for firewood... 17 Sep 2006 17:56 #116066

  • Jack
  • Jack's Avatar
  • OFFLINE
  • valued contributor
  • Posts: 2659
Gidday

I go with the Ovata or swamp gum. I did quite a bit of research a couple of years ago and chose them. They are supposed to be the fastest growing too.
The administrator has disabled public write access.

Best trees for firewood... 17 Sep 2006 21:19 #116114

I live on the wet west coast & speak from experience NITENS grow really well here, some will be coppiced next summer. We cut down 3 x 25 year old ones last summer & have enough firewood for 3 years & thats honest & our space heater goes all day!!! So does the coal range on coal. The alder also does well, but I dont think it is a firewood tree but looks nice in the shelter belt.

By the way I grew our nitens from seed. the ones we will be cutting were sown 8 years ago.
Mary

"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its trouble,
It empties today of its strength."
The administrator has disabled public write access.

Best trees for firewood... 18 Sep 2006 07:49 #116153

  • GBpeter
  • GBpeter's Avatar
  • OFFLINE
  • valued contributor
  • Posts: 1148
quote:Originally posted by grannie Mary

I live on the wet west coast & speak from experience .... have enough firewood for 3 years & thats honest & our space heater goes all day!!! So does the coal range on coal.
Moral of the story - don't live on the west coast!
The administrator has disabled public write access.

Best trees for firewood... 18 Sep 2006 13:07 #116202

WHY???
Mary

"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its trouble,
It empties today of its strength."
The administrator has disabled public write access.

Best trees for firewood... 18 Sep 2006 16:57 #116229

  • RKH
  • RKH's Avatar
  • OFFLINE
  • valued contributor
  • Posts: 571
We just planted 300 nitens on Saturday, the guy that is sorting all the landscaping for our new house said they would be the ones supplying firewood in the shortest time. So with an aching back I have my fingers crossed!
Arapawa Island Sheep, 2 dogs, 2 cats, one huge Kunekune, 4 tiny Kunekune's and some cool chickens.
The administrator has disabled public write access.

Best trees for firewood... 18 Sep 2006 21:25 #116276

  • Murray
  • Murray's Avatar
  • OFFLINE
  • advanced lsb member
  • Posts: 356
I've golt a mixture of nitens and swamp gums and a few wattles as well. The first of the swamp gums (which get very wet feet in the winter) and the nitens are ready to be cut now after 7 years. I've chosen to cut them before they get too big so as to save work splitting them.
Murray - Tuahiwi, Nth Canty
It is better to wear out than rust out - Bishop Richard Cumberland
Wiltshire sheep, hazelnuts, Araucana chooks and Dexter cattle
The administrator has disabled public write access.

Best trees for firewood... 19 Sep 2006 08:38 #116306

Thanks guys. Sounds like the Swamp Gum is the tree for us.
The administrator has disabled public write access.

Best trees for firewood... 19 Sep 2006 16:38 #116352

  • bsadler
  • bsadler's Avatar
  • OFFLINE
  • lsb member
  • Posts: 182
"southern woods" nursery has a very good tree selection tool

http://www.southernwoods.co.nz/search.asp
"The improver of natural knowledge absolutely refuses to acknowledge authority, as such. For him, scepticism is the highest of duties; blind faith the one unpardonable sin" Thomas Huxley
The administrator has disabled public write access.

Best trees for firewood... 19 Sep 2006 21:00 #116379

One point when planting trees if you want them asa screen/windbreak, it pays to plant some shrubs (pittosporums, ake ake, flax,etc amongst them so the wind doesnt hit a wall of trees & bowl them, various, shapes & sizes lift the wind, looks more attractive too.
Mary

"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its trouble,
It empties today of its strength."
The administrator has disabled public write access.

Best trees for firewood... 21 Sep 2006 22:06 #116789

  • LongRidge
  • LongRidge's Avatar
  • OFFLINE
  • valued contributor
  • Posts: 12718
  • Thank you received: 68
... and ake ake makes very good firewood, but doesn't coppice too well.
The administrator has disabled public write access.

Best trees for firewood... 22 Sep 2006 16:51 #116906

  • bsadler
  • bsadler's Avatar
  • OFFLINE
  • lsb member
  • Posts: 182
meant to say that i mail-ordered trees - i was overseas - from "southern woods" and they provided a very good service
"The improver of natural knowledge absolutely refuses to acknowledge authority, as such. For him, scepticism is the highest of duties; blind faith the one unpardonable sin" Thomas Huxley
The administrator has disabled public write access.
Time to create page: 0.082 seconds
Go to top