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Small-scale Systems for Harvesting Woodfuel Products

Technical Note 009 providing guidance on the selection of appropriate systems for small-scale harvesting operations.

Year of Publication2005

Small woodlands in Great Britain are a potential source of woodfuel for local heating, but there are difficulties identifying efficient harvesting systems. This Technical Note provides guidance on the selection of appropriate systems for small-scale harvesting operations. It considers four factors that influence the overall selection: i) woodland type and woodfuel product(s); ii) site and management constraints; iii) harvesting system options and iv) extraction machinery options. The guidance is based on a comprehensive series of case studies undertaken by Forest Research. A summary of the woodfuel production costs for the woodland types studied and a comparative summary of harvesting options are provided as tables.

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Protecting and expanding Britain's forests and woodlands to increase their value to society and the environment.

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