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Thread: Redgum firewood in short supply, fines for illegal harvesting

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    Redgum firewood in short supply, fines for illegal harvesting

    Iím pretty sure the dinosaurs died out when they stopped gathering food and started having meetings to discuss gathering food

    A bookshop is one of the only pieces of evidence we have that people are still thinking

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    I only use ironbark!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JDNSW View Post
    I only use ironbark!
    The only wood I've found to be better than that is the wood the locals make their nulla's out of in the Territory. Heavy as, some kind of Gidgee , I think. But not much of it , in a lot of places.
    Iím pretty sure the dinosaurs died out when they stopped gathering food and started having meetings to discuss gathering food

    A bookshop is one of the only pieces of evidence we have that people are still thinking

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    When I purchased my first wood heater(Coonara) back in 1992 it cam with a wood chart.

    This chart listed all the common wood species found in Australia including pine.

    It then listed the BTU output of these timbers.

    Redgum was at the bottom of the list of good quality wood.

    At the top was Mallee Roots and Grey Box, followed by Iron Bark.

    There were numerous box woods also in the list, all being better than Red Gum.

    Red Gum is popular due to it being far more plentiful than most other quality wood.
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    Having cut more than my fair share of various Box, the problem with most Box species are termite chimneys that bugger a chain in short order.
    I used to go out with 6-8 loops each time, then have to sharpen them all once home.
    Brilliant timber for fire, once you get it alight.

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    redwood is up to 390 a ton here, if you can get any
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    We predominantly use black wattle, with some Grey Gum occasionally. A few years ago we got a sweep out to inspect our metal fireplace and after a full inspection, he said that if we keep using the wattle we won't require his services. Burns clean with little residuals, apparently.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Saitch View Post
    We predominantly use black wattle, with some Grey Gum occasionally. A few years ago we got a sweep out to inspect our metal fireplace and after a full inspection, he said that if we keep using the wattle we won't require his services. Burns clean with little residuals, apparently.
    Just to re.ove possibility of differences in names, is this the acacia mearnsii black wattle? If so, we used that here too. Grows like a weed and ample mounts washed down the local rivers after floods. I've been planting out several small blocks of this for short rotation coppicing source of firewood for future years. Also been trying E. nitens, ovata, fastigata, botroides and gunni. All growing ok in the cold wind swept gully but ovata and fastigata appear better suited to wet dry wet dry cycles. The acacia mearnsii and dealbata going great too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by windsock View Post
    Just to re.ove possibility of differences in names, is this the acacia mearnsii black wattle? If so, we used that here too. Grows like a weed and ample mounts washed down the local rivers after floods. I've been planting out several small blocks of this for short rotation coppicing source of firewood for future years. Also been trying E. nitens, ovata, fastigata, botroides and gunni. All growing ok in the cold wind swept gully but ovata and fastigata appear better suited to wet dry wet dry cycles. The acacia mearnsii and dealbata going great too.
    Nearly every district has differing names. ,! I would call the dealbata the black wattle,

    the best of all acacia is the melanoxylon, thrives in damp, cold and a beautiful timber as well as firewood.

    dont fancy E, nitens for anything apart from chips , E.ovata I call swamp gum,can you get E. obliqua or E. Regnans? both excellent timber and firewood,

    what an exercise....damn auto correct

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hogarthde View Post
    Nearly every district has differing names. ,! I would call the dealbata the black wattle,

    the best of all acacia is the melanoxylon, thrives in damp, cold and a beautiful timber as well as firewood.

    dont fancy E, nitens for anything apart from chips , E.ovata I call swamp gum,can you get E. obliqua or E. Regnans? both excellent timber and firewood,

    what an exercise....damn auto correct

    dave
    Thanks Dave. Yeah, fat fingers on the phone keypad and spell check sheesh!

    Tried malaynoxlan but it shuddered to a halt in our dry summers here in clay loam. Like trying to grow trees in a clay brick. A lovely timber yes but is stunted a bit now. Haven't tried obliqua or regnans yet. Thisll be my third year of trying out what grows and not here. Acacia m & d are winning so far.

    Had extensive trouble with leaf roller, and skeletoniser in the most of the Eucalyptus in year 1 & 2. Bit of a temp set back in growth rate and in some cases itll impact on tree shape. E leucoxylon and sideroxylon took a hammering too. They're for the birds & bees here that love the nector in winter and not for firewood.

    Just looked at our nursery website and they have E regnans. Might add to this winters list.

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