In order to burn efficiently, it is important that the firewood be dried – with a moisture content of less than 30%. Mahogany is an expensive hardwood and varies in colour from a medium brown to a deep red brown, depending on its age. Kindling split from White Ash catches fire easily, burns hot, and makes really good coals, so those who cook with firewood can rely on White Ash to get it done. The tightness of the grain in maple makes it not as easy to see and will not have grains that are clearly visible like you do in ash. And the sizes of boards can be outstanding (the last Ash to come out of the kiln was 80mm thick & 800 – 1000mm wide!!) which makes it fantastic for one piece table tops, desktops and surface tops.
The tree size ranges from the size of a shrub to a height of 50 ft with a trunk diameter of about 21 inches. Wood ash is mildly abrasive and can be used to polish tarnished silverware, dull metals, and cloudy glass. I have seen the figure one cord/acre/year for coppiced ash thrown around, and I imagine that’s probably a reasonable estimate of what you could get from a mature woodlot.
Harvesting deadfall is a sustainability issue, and when good trees come down because of storms, disease, damage or age, there is still a part of me that feels bad for the tree as a living organism – but I love chopping firewood, and winter is cold! How much land and time you’ll need to supply yourself with ash or willow firewood is going to be very much dependent on the specifics of your site. In contrast softwood grows much faster maturing in 25-30 yrs and the timber is therefore less dense. When a baseball hits an ash bat it tends to react like an object hitting a trampoline and bouncing back off of it.
This beautiful dark grained hardwood has a high oil content that acts as a barrier to water absorption and imparts a waxy appearance when rubbed. Provides a uniformly flat and solid laminating surface and good physical properties, and is a cost-effective solution for many applications. Now that the lumberman knows I can make wood disappear, he’s happy to give me more good deals.
These certification systems allow you to purchase wood-based products safe in the knowledge that they have been sensibly and sustainably managed all along the supply path from when the tree was cut down from the forest, right to the point they arrive with you. Effect of lime and wood ash on the nixtamalization of maize and tortilla chemical and nutritional characteristics.
At Cornwall Hardwood Supplies we can supply, alder, ash, chestnut, elm, field maple, hornbeam, lacewood (London plane), mulberry, walnut and yew. According to the very thorough information from Oregon State University Extension Service , ash from a cord of oak will provide enough potassium for a garden 60 x 70 feet, whereas a cord of Douglas Fir will be sufficient for a garden 30 x 30 feet, while both will raise the soil pH slightly. Approximately half of pro bats are made from northern white ash and the other half from hard maple.
We have a lot of white ash on our property…problem is now the emerald ash borere is getting to be quite a problem all over our the trees don’t have a great chance of growing to adulthood. Fibre board is an inexpensive manufactured wood made from the breaking down of hard or soft woods into fibres which are then bonded together with wax, resin and heat to create a dense piece of wood. An extremely hard wood, there is a tendency in commonly available ash wood flooring for colours to be on the light side. This elegant orange-brown hardwood tree often grows in small groups and is common in dense equatorial rain forests. Once the ash tea has brewed, pour about a cup’s worth around your plants weekly.
Hawthorn If you can get hold of this already cut into logs then it makes a steady burning firewood producing a good heat output, otherwise its vicious thorns make it very unpleasant to handle no matter how careful you are. I still have a good amount of hot coals in the morning even if i happen to sleep in late (8am). Oldest trees Yews are the oldest intact trees in Britain and are very slow growing (the oldest living tree is in Perthshire and is estimated to be over 5000 years old).
It’s also relatively easy to find sustainably grown softwoods (woods grown on tree farms to ensure an endless supply of wood); this means you’re not contributing to the deforestation of the world and will always have a supply of wood for your projects. Although tough, ash works and machines quite well, and finishes to a reasonably smooth finish. There is another tree that will grow here locally that behaves in a similar manner, but I don’t know it’s name. I have it in 3 of my rooms and just purchased 12 boxes of pre-finished hardwood to do another room.
The cons: some ash is too light for people and tend to cost more than other options like oak. You won’t find maple at your local home center, but most lumberyards have a good selection of it. Lots of people have been mislead by old timers who say that white ash (for example) can be burned green. One of the main advantages of oak flooring , apart from its price is that it’s particularly resistant to denting and scratching, so if you have a busy household or high footfall, then this option is probably a better solution than ash. Dab some ash in a handful of straw or piece of rag and scrub the dirty containers.
Elm A good firewood and unfortunately because of Dutch Elm Disease it has been in plentiful supply in recent years. And there’s plenty more where that came from, even though our poor old Ash trees are under attack from Chalara Fraxinea. To ensure good quality boards, logs are quarter-cut, which provides excellent dimensional stability. On the opposite side of the hardness scale sits pine, which is technically not a hardwood at all. Experts recommend using only hardwood ashes from wood-fired heating or cooking appliances in horticiultural setting.
Well, yes, except you can have too much of a good thing, and you do need to think about where you put it. The grain tension can be an issue in larger trunk segments, especially those closest to the base of the tree. If you pile a large amount of ash in one area, you also risk over-liming that area and damaging nearby plants. Ash may be a common native hardwood but that’s the last time I’ll use the word ‘common’ to describe our Ash!
Baseball bats are usually made from ash to give you a better sense of its hardness. Most types of hardwood, for instance Ash (generally regarded as the best), Birch, Beech, Oak and Elm can be used. You can also use wood ash for preventing or removing fleas, ticks, and chiggers. One winter we had almost nothing but White Ash for the woodstove, and we did just fine. But for the short term, this situation will mean huge volumes of ash lumber entering the market, which will certainly drive prices way down. If you buy your logs from the garage forecourt or the DIY sheds then you’ll be buying imported softwood.
Within the ash tree, there are two distinct colourings; there is the sapwood that is almost white and then the heartwood that ranges in colour from a warm beige colour to a dark brown. The Tree: Like Oak, there are different types of Ash trees and they aren’t all the same in terms of firewood. The sapwood of an ash tree is cream-colored to almost white, and its heartwood is tan to dark brown. At Cornwall Hardwood Supplies we can supply many English Hardwoods such as: alder, ash, chestnut, elm, field maple, hornbeam, lacewood (London plane), mulberry, walnut and yew. Many folks like to stain ash lumber, and the species truly excels in this area.