OSB??

Does ash split easily?  IIRC black locust is numero uno in heat value but
extremely tough to split...

My favorite splitting wood is black walnut.  Grain is unbelievably straight
and true.

On Tue, Sep 8, 2015 at 1:40 PM, Curt Raymond via Mercedes <
mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:

> Ash is premiere stuff. Its hard, it burns good and dries faster than
> oak.Nothing at all like poplar, perhaps you're thinking of Balm of Giliad
> which we have in abundance on my farm and is a total trash tree. Poplar is
> at least valuable for OSB production...
> -Curt
>
>       From: Andrew Strasfogel <astrasfo...@gmail.com>
>  To: Curt Raymond <curtlud...@yahoo.com>; Mercedes Discussion List <
> mercedes@okiebenz.com>
>  Sent: Tuesday, September 8, 2015 1:21 PM
>  Subject: Re: [MBZ] OT: Practical solar application
>
> Is ash categorized as a hard or soft wood for wood heat purposes?  IIRC it
> has a sooty burn with low BTUs, much like poplar.  Or not...
>
>
>
> On Tue, Sep 8, 2015 at 1:01 PM, Curt Raymond via Mercedes <
> mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:
>
> We paid almost $0.20 all last winter due to limited pipeline capacity for
> natural gas.They've been pushing everybody to switch to natural gas for
> home heating. Last winter my oil bill went down considerably over the
> previous year, people with Nat gas got slammed. This year heating oil is
> below $2/gal.
> I've been stocking up on firewood, a friend has a processor and is giving
> me $180/cord for ash if I pick it up myself. I've got around 3 cords now
> and plan to get one more before the month is out. I've got another cord and
> a half to two cords of good dry stuff so that the stuff I'm buying now will
> probably not be used this year. I *think* we could heat the whole house on
> 5 cords a year but we just use it as supplemental. The furnace keeps us at
> 62F, the woodstove is anything we want over that. When we do solar hot
> water in the daytime we'll use any excess from that to warm the house,
> should drive down our oil and wood bill seriously.
> -Curt
>       From: Jim Cathey via Mercedes <mercedes@okiebenz.com>
>  To: Mercedes Discussion List <mercedes@okiebenz.com>
> Cc: Jim Cathey <jim.cathey...@gmail.com>
>  Sent: Tuesday, September 8, 2015 12:19 PM
>  Subject: Re: [MBZ] OT: Practical solar application
>
> > Medium-large name brand home panels can be had for under $1 per rated
> > watt.
> > So figure $0.20-0.25 per daily watt-hour, plus mounts, wiring,
> > inverter, etc.
> > My after tax rate for electricity is 0.14+, so it can pay off in the
> > lifetime
> > of the equipment now, the bare PV panel cost can be recovered in 4-5
> > years.
>
> Electricity here is, IIRC, $0.055/kWH, so it would take nearly 3x
> as long.  Hydro rules!  :-)
>
> -- Jim
>
>
>
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