15 May 2009 05:10 UTCFri 15 May 2009 - 5:10 am UTC
How much does an average, full grown (i.e. a tree that has reached the majority of its average final growth...say 40-50 years?), Teak, Mahogany, and Ebony tree weigh? Preferably, these tree weights would correspond to these trees grown in central Africa but if weights are only available for other tropical/sub-tropical regions that will be acceptable. Thanks!
15 May 2009 10:49 UTCFri 15 May 2009 - 10:49 am UTC
Would averages be enough and should the figures be from central Africa only or is it ok to relax on this requirement?
15 May 2009 15:35 UTCFri 15 May 2009 - 3:35 pm UTC
hey easterangel! Averages would be enough as long as the average specifies that they are talking about a 'full grown' tree. e.g. if you found a source that said something like "ebony trees often reach 50 feet in height, with a diameter of 6 feet and can weigh as much as 10,000 lbs," that would be fine. I would prefer central africa but, as long as they are not two dramatically different climates or species of tree, another source would be acceptable.
Devilsnani has some good points as well. As far as below ground parts I have found that a rule of thumb is to add 20% to the total weight of the tree if all you have is above ground weight. Dry weight is just fine as long as it is specified.
16 May 2009 01:39 UTCSat 16 May 2009 - 1:39 am UTC
The following articles provide the estimated weight averages of the following types of trees. The sources are applicable to African trees. They are measured per cubic feet.
Mahogany - 32 to 34 pounds per cubic foot
Teak -30 to 49 pounds per cubic foot
Ebony - 65 lb./cu. ft
I hope these will be of help. Just ask for a clarification if you need further assistance as regards this particular topic.
16 May 2009 18:31 UTCSat 16 May 2009 - 6:31 pm UTC
Thanks Easterangel! This gets us halfway there but I need to know how much an actual average adult tree weighs, so in order to determine how much with the information you provided, we would also need to know how many cubic feet of wood these trees contained...any thoughts?
17 May 2009 22:10 UTCSun 17 May 2009 - 10:10 pm UTC
Does the comment of Myoarin provide the answer to your clarification? It looks pretty extensive since it even provides the formula and some of the data missing needed to manipulate the computation.