Firewood fuel delivery Around Antigua Guatemala

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After having covered the Ecoleña fuel briquette as an alternative for the leña (firewood) I decided to ask around what kind of firewood is most sold around Antigua Guatemala and how much is a tarea (perhaps twice as much as a rick of wood, which is is 8 feet long 4 feet tall and 3 feet thick I think). First the new updated price for a tarea is Q230, up from the original Q180 I reported back in 2008. The other answer from several people was that the pruning of gravilea trees is the firewood most often sold; these trees provide the shadow need by the coffee bushes. That came as no surprise since there are so many coffee plantations around Antigua Guatemala it was only obvious that gravilea trees would provide plenty of firewood each time they are pruned. This I covered before in the post Pruning the Gravileas Trees Again where I shared this information with you. Follow the white rabbit to look at the gravilea trees being pruned.

There is nothing like rain water to make all the flora grow and in Guatemala we have a very copious rainy season that begins in May and ends in October. During the rainy season all the plants acquire a lush green dress and grow very rapidly. Thus, right before the rainy season begins, many gardens, farms and coffee plantations undergo a pruning process.

In the photo above, you can see the gravileas trees, the shadow trees for the coffee plantations around La Antigua Guatemala, being pruned.

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  • El Güito

    The tarea de leña to us was what el señor de la leña could carry on his back and dump inside the house, there were always negotiations between my grandmother and el señor, ’cause the tarea was short (how did she know?) and the counterpart, nó! it is complete.
    Same with the tarea de carbón.
    I suppose not many homes cook with leña anymore, but leña de gravilea sure makes the loudest pops and nicest sparks.

    • Thanks Güito for the feedback and extra information about the sounds and visuals of leña de gravilea.

  • El Güito

    Correction. I said “carry on his back” I meant carry in his cart.

    • This makes more sense. Thanks for the clarification.

  • Begonia

    Some of the wood that is used for cooking fires in Guatemala smells a lot like marijuana, I think. Has anyone else thought the same thing? Also, is that the smell of burning gravilea wood, or ocote, or pino? Or maybe it’s just the smell of burning wood that is still green?

    • NYChapin

      Begonia: I think you just gave away the biggest “well known” secret about the firewood in Antigua !
      that explains all the smiling people je je je Saludos !

      • Yes she did NYChapin, now I know why all the smiling faces and the cheerful greetings of the people I encounter on the streets. 😉

    • Hush, hush Begonia, esas cosas no se cuentan. 😉