We have chopped down a long willow hedge on our allotment and thus have lots of wood / woody stems to burn. There is a strong prevailing wind, and I'm wondering what is the most efficient way to build a fire to burn it quickly. I've heard of techniques like lining up the branches in the direction of the wind from friends in the conservation volunteers.
I know someone who used regular firewood to get the kind of fire needed to burn a bunch of fresh tree branches. It seems to work. While maybe not the most efficient method in some regards, you should save a lot of time over most methods.
I understand there's not always room to compost, and you may not have a truck to haul the branches away. And, you may not have a wood chipper sufficient for your branches. But, if you can chip and compost, you might try that.
The most efficient way for disposing cuttings and avoid to disturb neighbors with the smoke is to use a shredder for the smaller branches. You can then use it mixed with mulch to fertilize you trees or garden.
Then you can keep the big ones to dry and burn in your BBQ or for the bonfire.
I also read that you could bury the branches and plant directly on the top of them, but it requires lots of energy.