Wood as a Fuel comprises five volumes which describe the main woodfuels: firewood, woodchip and wood pellets. They comprehensively outline raw material sources, seasoning, drying and production processes, transportation and quality issues. Many examples of ways to improve product quality and efficiency are provided, designed to enable readers to produce and use high quality woodfuels.
The history of woodfuels, an outline of what wood is, and why it makes such a useful and versatile fuel are covered in the opening volume. Standards, the backbone of woodfuel trade, are outlined. Trade itself, and other relevant aspects of transacting woodfuel, round out the introductory volume.
The final concluding volume comprises two parts. First combustion, wood ash and embedded energy are covered, while the second part deals with economic and sustainability aspects of woodfuels, including one of the main rationales for their use: tackling the climate emergency.
Other topics covered include sustainable harvesting, and how modern bioenergy use leads to clean combustion.
These volumes open a new window into woodfuels, providing an essential and comprehensive reference for those engaged along the woodfuel chain. They will also be of interest to policy makers and the public in general, among whom there is an increasing interest in how fossil fuels can be consigned to history.