Ash is what they make baseball bats out of, its extremely straight grained but 
a bit flexible which is what makes it good for bats. The same straight nature 
makes it easy to split, not so easy as oak as its kind of fibrous, meaning the 
fibers kind of cling together while you try to get the pieces apart. I haven't 
had a lot of experience with it, we don't have any on the farm although it is 
native to our area.
OSB is Oriented Strand Board, aka wafer board, the plywood like stuff they make 
houses out of. It uses cheap woods like poplar. Last spring our neighbor was 
getting (IIRC) $40/cord for poplar. That was what he was actually getting paid 
by the harvester, that guy was getting probably $80 at the mill.
Remember also when I say poplar I mean quaking aspen not the tulip polar 
furniture makers use.
-Curt
      From: Andrew Strasfogel <astrasfo...@gmail.com>
 To: Curt Raymond <curtlud...@yahoo.com>; Mercedes Discussion List 
<mercedes@okiebenz.com> 
 Sent: Tuesday, September 8, 2015 1:45 PM
 Subject: Re: [MBZ] OT: Practical solar application
   
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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