The Most Important Plant

The Most Important Plant

Trees make up the largest biomass in the world; they provide more fuel than any other biological matter.Trees remove more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than any other plant or human effort: a signifi cant factor in reducing global climate change. Interestingly, the largest forested area in the world is in Siberia.Fuel values of common woods expressed in gallons of number two fuel oil per cord are:

Ironwood - 150

White Oak - 135

Beech - 130

Red Oak - 126

Hard Maple - 126

White Ash - 117

Soft Maple - 110

Black Cherry - 100

Black Ash - 97

White Pine - 80

Poplar - 75

Butternut - 71

White Cedar - 63

There is a direct relationship between the dry weight of wood and its fuel value.

Carl Scholz