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Hairyloon



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 14 3:24 pm    Post subject: Knotweed as Biomass  Reply with quote    

We all know about the growth rate of knotweed, so why can't it be used as fuel?
I am not suggesting that anybody starts growing it, but there is plenty of it that people are failing to stop from growing...
I've done a brief google and the first result is an April fool, and subsequent ones seem to refer to that...

I'd guess that the best way would be anaerobic digestion: that would be fairly sure to kill it.

NorthernMonkeyGirl



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 14 3:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Gut reaction is that it would be too dangerous to harvest and transport it, given how easily a tiny snippet can cause chaos.

The shoots are said to be tasty though, if there's a local patch

Hairyloon



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 14 4:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

NorthernMonkeyGirl wrote:
Gut reaction is that it would be too dangerous to harvest and transport it, given how easily a tiny snippet can cause chaos.

I'd thought of that: just set up a small digestor on site.

john of wessex



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 14 9:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

See

https://www.gov.uk/japanese-knotweed-giant-hogweed-and-other-invasive-plants

dpack



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 14 6:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

i recon the rules might prevent what seems sensible

when it is growing tis very wet so mincing it and digesting seems possible but tis also very rot proof so it might kill the digester bugs

LynneA



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 14 6:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Network Rail seems content to chop it down and leave it where it falls. Have yet to see a trackside fire as a consequence.

Hairyloon



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PostPosted: Mon May 26, 14 12:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

dpack wrote:
i recon the rules might prevent what seems sensible

when it is growing tis very wet so mincing it and digesting seems possible but tis also very rot proof so it might kill the digester bugs

Something must digest it else all that has grown so far would still be with us.
I reckon it is worth the experiment... I'll put it on the list.

dpack



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PostPosted: Mon May 26, 14 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

the stalks will burn when dried (late autumn) and seem also to rot from that state

the roots seem indestructible

Hairyloon



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PostPosted: Mon May 26, 14 7:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

dpack wrote:
the roots seem indestructible

What have you tried?

dpack



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PostPosted: Mon May 26, 14 9:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

poison,burning in situ ,drowning

Hairyloon



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PostPosted: Mon May 26, 14 9:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

dpack wrote:
poison,burning in situ ,drowning

Drowning?

dpack



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PostPosted: Mon May 26, 14 9:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

a while in a barrel of water didnt kill it

Hairyloon



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PostPosted: Mon May 26, 14 10:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

dpack wrote:
a while in a barrel of water didnt kill it

Killing it off is a separate issue: it isn't going to come out of the digester alive.

OtleyLad



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PostPosted: Tue May 27, 14 5:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

My son works for a small company that specializes in eradicating knotweed. It's a very expensive business and they use potent chemicals in conjunction with mechanical removal to get rid of it (digging out and sifting soil down to a couple of metres). They also do work for Network Rail (but I'm sure they don't leave it lying around).
Some people might get a little alarmed living next to a knotweed 'plantation' -mortgage providers in particular.
But you're right about its potential in terms of growth.

Hairyloon



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PostPosted: Tue May 27, 14 8:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

OtleyLad wrote:
Some people might get a little alarmed living next to a knotweed 'plantation'...

There is no suggestion that it should be planted, or even that existing infestations should not be poisoned, only that where there is one, here is a potentially useful means of disposing of it.

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