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I have a small quantity (maybe max 150 tonnes) of very straight and clean poplar timber. As far as I know, it's either firewood or kindling. Bigger logs only fetch £70/t delivered (best offer so far) so just as well firewood it right? But then it's about the worst firewood going? None of it is much bigger than 16".

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16 is processor grade as you know, but it’s shit firewood and I think you’d struggle to sell it to any firewood merchant. 

I know there’s a guy on here who mills it, but as you suggest, 16” is a bit on the small side. 

Biomass might be the best option?

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I have a recollection of it being used for decks of lorries and trailers, as its light, flexible, not brittle, squashes and compresses under point pressure from heavy loads but expands back out when unloaded, and takes preservatives relatively well. 

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5 minutes ago, Mick Dempsey said:

Poplar is planted and used extensively here, big pallet making mills and paper manufacturing plants.

See lorry loads of it moving round the place.

You would have no trouble moving it on over here.


I was felling Poplar this time last year as my first proper Forestry job since moving over here. Saw logs at 14m with no max DUB went to the saw mill up the road from you for pallets, the pulp over to the St. Junien paper plant.

Its certainly a big industry over here.

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