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#1 fast eddie

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Posted 03 June 2015 - 02:19 AM

I always thought I was doing good by Gaia by not burning wood cuttings from the woodlot on my little sliver of rural property, I must have at least a dozen piles of branches of various sizes andstates of decay. I now read that trees(and branch piles, too, I'd assume) begin returning carbon to the atmosphere after death...so what gives??? By carbon, are they talkin' CO2 or also straight carbon, which I'd never thought was much in the atmosphere. I'd also assumed by not burning, and hopefully putting back in the soil at some point(hugelkulture, anyone?), I was being pretty awesome...so, am I awesome, or not so much???
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Posted 03 June 2015 - 03:15 AM

I'm sorry. I can't hear you over the sound of how awesome I am.
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Posted 03 June 2015 - 04:10 AM

I always thought I was doing good by Gaia by not burning wood cuttings from the woodlot on my little sliver of rural property, I must have at least a dozen piles of branches of various sizes andstates of decay. I now read that trees(and branch piles, too, I'd assume) begin returning carbon to the atmosphere after death...so what gives??? By carbon, are they talkin' CO2 or also straight carbon, which I'd never thought was much in the atmosphere. I'd also assumed by not burning, and hopefully putting back in the soil at some point(hugelkulture, anyone?), I was being pretty awesome...so, am I awesome, or not so much???

 

The termites thank you for their easy meals.

 

After all you know.... wood doesn't rot on it's own. If it were not for termites, the planet would be covered in dead wood...


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#4 Slim

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Posted 03 June 2015 - 11:27 AM

The trees can only return as much CO2 as they've consumed, when you burn them. You might need to bury them to stop them releasing it when they decay, not sure. Of course when you burn coal or other fossil fuel that's only returning CO2 that's already been removed from the atmosphere as well I think, but that's been consumed over millions of years.



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Posted 03 June 2015 - 01:14 PM

Burn...baby...BURN

 

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Posted 03 June 2015 - 01:32 PM

Gases will be released no matter what.  Termites fart



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Posted 03 June 2015 - 01:47 PM

Actually rotting wood is home to many types of molds and spores that can cause respiratory problems....or worse house unsavory pests and rodents.


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Posted 03 June 2015 - 10:25 PM

Of course wood breaks down over time even without termites...I had assumed since I wasn't burning that I was keeping that co2 out of the air, but apparently not so much...still, it's a great soil amendment, there's even an ag technique of cropping over covered wood debris piles...not sure if I'll ever get around to that, prolly just scatter the piles after they are nice 'n crumbly...
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Posted 04 June 2015 - 03:14 AM

I think you should have a bonfire with a weeny and marshmallow roast.


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