Piling and burning is a common method for disposing of unwanted woody material.  Burning piles mitigates some of the concerns about environmental impacts, safety, and air quality, and is a viable alternative for treating a variety of areas.  Forest Service publications by Hardy (1996; PNW-GTR-364) and Wright et al. (2010; PNW-GTR-805) form the scientific basis for this calculator. Piled Fuels Biomass and Emissions Calculator
 

Guide to using the batch template   (Back to help)

After downloading (right-click-save) the csv (comma-separated values) template, open it in your editor of choice. Windows computers will likely default to opening csv files in Excel. Two example rows with pile groups named "HandEx" and "MachineEx" will be ignored upon upload to batch -- you can delete them or leave them in based on your preference.
 
Field Excel cell reference Accepted values Value key
Unit System B1 1, 2 1 – English
2 – Metric
Group Name Column A Any string value excluding single, double quotes and/or commas  
Pile Type Column B 1, 2 1 – Hand
2 – Machine
Number of Piles Column C Any integer > 0  
Pile Shape Column D 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 1 – Half sphere
2 – Paraboloid
3 – Half cylinder
4 - Half-frustum of cone
5 - Half-frustum of cone w/ rounded edges
6 – Half ellipsoid
7 – Irregular solid
W1 Column E Any positive float or null if N/A  
H1 Column F Any positive float or null if N/A  
L1 Column G Any positive float or null if N/A  
W2 Column H Any positive float or null if N/A  
H2 Column I Any positive float or null if N/A  
L2 Column J Any positive float or null if N/A  
Hand Pile Composition Column K 1, 2
or null if machine pile
1 – Conifer
2 – Shrub/Hardwood
% Soil Volume Column L 0 – 100
or null if hand pile
 
Packing Ratio Column M 10, 20, 25
or null if hand pile
 
Species 1 Common Name Column N From the species density look-up table  
Species 1 Density Column O Positive float from species density look-up table
or null if hand pile
 
% Species 1 Column P 0 – 100
or null if hand pile
 
Species 2 Common Name Column Q From the species density look-up table  
Species 2 Density Column R Positive float from species density look-up table
or null if N/A or hand pile
 
% Species 2 Column S 0 – 100
or null if if N/A or hand pile
 
Pile Quality Column T 1, 2, 3
or null if hand pile
1 – Clean
2 – Dirty
3 – Very dirty
% Consumed Column U 0 – 100