Gary Sherwin (sherwin@SUNSHINE.PGH.WEC.COM)
Wed, 21 Jun 1995 15:23:12 EDT
Your information concerning the burning of rhododendron is erroneous.
Since my days as a scout I have camped in "Laurel Thickets" of both
laurel and rhodoedendron. They both (when dead, which is frequently)
provide excellent fire wood. They have very very very hard wood with
ideal size characteristics for cooking fires and provide very long lasting
coals. The general consensus that the wood from evergreen trees is
soft and provides a low heat output is not correct. There are many
diciduous tees that have very soft low heat wood, example: aspen, cottonwood.
The heat output of wood is a function of density, ash content, mositure content and oil content.
As for poisonous smoke:
ALL SMOKE IS POISONOUS Ask the American Lung Association. Like all
poisons, sensitivity varies. I and my son have an alergy to smoke
as do several of the boys in my troop. Got us started on Low Impact
camping with back packing stoves.
I used to be an Eagle NE-V-19-20
Eagle Scout Class of 1967
Vigil-Wagion Lodge 6
(Mr.) Gary W. Sherwin SM
Troop 461 Yukon, Pa.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City