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High winds bring down this ash tree

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High winds bring down this ash tree
by Sune Nightingale
24 November 2009


Fallen ash tree and the cat from the barn

The high winds have brought this Ash tree down in our field. It was rotten at the base anyway - should have spotted it really. The local cat which has started living in the barn seems to like the tree though perhaps it gives it somewhere to lurk in hiding for prey. Contrary to what some people may tell you ash is not OK for burning when it is green like this. The last Ash trees I cut down were at around 45% moisture and, whilst this is less than many other types of wood would have been (bit of a mouthful that), it still needs to come down to below 20% before it is ready to burn. That will probably only take a year, unlike the 2 years which something like oak should dry for. I will get the chainsaw out soon and get it into some more manageable chunks, and will probably be burning it in my range cooker next year.


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