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Today I dropped 3 90' poplar. Tractor assist was crucial.
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Orange machines hard at work.

It was soft in places.
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Why did you cut them - firewood, saw some boards, or just thinning out the poor ones ?

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The main driver was that they stopped a lot of afternoon/evening sun from hitting my house; the upper branches will be firewood and the lower trunks cut into boards.

They were pretty monstrous; each yielded 3 10.5' clear trunk sections.
 
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You're going to have poplar sprouts halfway out your lawn, but it can't be helped. Just keep mowing them down until the roots die off.
 
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The main driver was that they stopped a lot of afternoon/evening sun from hitting my house; the upper branches will be firewood and the lower trunks cut into boards.

They were pretty monstrous; each yielded 3 10.5' clear trunk sections.
I recall an article in the 80’s from the “Mother Earth News” how poplar was a desirable tree for quickly establishing a firewood lot for its propensity
as a very fast growing tree.
 
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I recall an article in the 80’s from the “Mother Earth News” how poplar was a desirable tree for quickly establishing a firewood lot for its propensity
as a very fast growing tree.
Now I have to wonder a bit about Mother Earth News (I used to read it a lot in the late '70s and into the '80s). Poplar is only slightly better than White Pine in terms of BTU content. One of my last choices for firewood. I'd burn it if I had no other choice, but fortunately have have a lot of better choices. (Yeah, I'll admit it... I'm a firewood snob.)
 
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Now I have to wonder a bit about Mother Earth News (I used to read it a lot in the late '70s and into the '80s). Poplar is only slightly better than White Pine in terms of BTU content. One of my last choices for firewood. I'd burn it if I had no other choice, but fortunately have have a lot of better choices. (Yeah, I'll admit it... I'm a firewood snob.)
I can't stand the smell of poplar. Also,it takes the same amount of fuel, time and my energy to put up rock maple and beech for about 40% more business.

Having said that I am putting in a little hemlock this fall for quick heat when I get home at night.
 
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Now I have to wonder a bit about Mother Earth News (I used to read it a lot in the late '70s and into the '80s). Poplar is only slightly better than White Pine in terms of BTU content. One of my last choices for firewood. I'd burn it if I had no other choice, but fortunately have have a lot of better choices. (Yeah, I'll admit it... I'm a firewood snob.)
It’s kind of nice for lumber though, because it’s soft, just like pine, and very easy to drive nails thru.


I’m getting my money’s worth from the free canopy top on my loader tractor today. I’m working on splitting large hard maple and ash rounds. I load the split stuff into the bucket and use the tractor to haul it around back to my woodshed .

The canopy on the tractor and the wide overhang on the woodshed are keeping me pretty dry during the heavy thunderstorms that we are having this afternoon. I’ve got another bucket or two of large maple rounds stacked up in the splitter shed, and another bucket load of big ash rounds stacked up outside on my bucking trailer . If and when the rain lets up, I’ll move that into the splitter shed.

I normally keep my splitter in a smaller shed out by the bucking trailer, and I split the smaller rounds with it out there in the horizontal position. Most of what I split is larger rounds though, and I split that inside with the splitter in the vertical position. We’ve been blessed with plenty of rain lately so I’m keeping up pretty good on the splitting.

When I get thru with the splitting, I’ve got another tractor to repair in the barn. My old Ford 8n needs some electrical work. I’m going to strip out the original wire harness and replace it with a new one.

I prefer using the 8n with 3-pt carryall for firewood work outside on sunny days. It sure is a pain to do maintenance on, but owning that one Ford tractor really gives me appreciation for my John Deere’s. The old Ford is lots of fun when it’s running though.

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I like my canopy also... although I'm cutting new trails into my woods and have managed to crunch it a couple of times this spring. I was mowing until the rain started coming down in earnest. It appears that I didn't put the seat up but I'm not going out to fix that now.
 

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I recall articles about growing poplar for firewood many years ago. I was just a kid and wondered, "What are these people thinking?" I suppose if you want something to burn in 10-15 years it will work.

Still sounds like a poor idea to me. But like John Mc, I have better choices in northern MI.
 
 
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