- People keep mentioning about Tasmanian White Oak being
a eucalypt and how eucalypt oil is a poison and I have
no idea if any eucalypt wood would be suitable for
aging alcohol. However after a little light reading
found out it takes a ton of leaf material to produce 1
litre of oil and the wood only contains trace amounts
of eucalypt oil.
"Yields of oil from leaf vary somewhat between species
but on a commercial scale are of the order of 1
percent on a "fresh" basis. (Note that "leaf" in this
context includes the woody material of the branches
which contains little or no oil.) Of more relevance to
the economics of production is the yield of oil per
hectare and this is dependent on the biomass
production as well as the oil yield from the leaf.
Production from E. smithii in Swaziland yields
approximately 15 tonnes/ha of leaf, corresponding to
about 150 litres/ha of oil."
So if the wood isn't likely contain enough eucalpyt
oil to be poisonous, is there anything else in the
wood that is?
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