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Ash firewood a bargain


To the Editor:

With the devastation being brought about by the emerald ash borer, ash firewood is cheap and readily available. According to TreeBoss.net, ash is often called the "Firewood of Kings" since it burns well even when freshly cut, and is rated as excellent overall for firewood quality.

If you burn wood for heat, now's the time to stock up. A cubic foot of dry white ash should weigh 42 pounds. I have been cutting all over Lapeer County and am noticing that some of the dead ash is starting to lose its weight. Not a lot, but enough to know it's not going to last forever left standing in the weather.

This is a bittersweet harvest. It is providing lots of great firewood for my customers, but this resource will soon be gone. I know of only one ash tree that is being kept alive with chemical ash bore killer.

Ash firewood is a bargain right now, but when it's all gone, we lumberjacks will have to purchase rights to other hardwoods and the price will surely increase. If you can store a few cords out of the weather, you will save money on future purchases.

I want to take this opportunity to thank those who have enlisted my services to cut the ash trees on their property and allowed them to be used while they are still a valuable resource.

Burn safely, stay warm, and keep that chimney clean!

—Chris Cecil

Almont

Chris Cecil
January 27, 2010

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