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Old 04-08-2012, 10:40 AM   #1
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is this wood ok to burn in a inside fireplace ?

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Any wood unless painted or pressure treated is fine to burn in a fireplace.

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ok. but i have heard that some woods put a lot of junk in the ducts. thats why i asked.
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Virtually any species of wood will creosote your fireplace if the wood is burned while the wood has a moisture content of 30 percent or higher (green wood). Certain species of wood are thought to have higher creosote potential than other species, in particular many people on the east coast believe that pine, and other softwoods tend to create creosote problems.

My personal experience from four years of burning wood to heat my house is that you can burn any type of wood safely, without creosote, as long as the wood is properly dried. I have burned white pine, red pine, cedar, hemlock, ash, maple, oak, beech, black walnut, locust, hop hornbeam, yellow birch, and a few other odd ball species, at least 4 cords per year, with absolutely no creosote problem. I know there is no problem because I get my chimney cleaned professionally every year, and there has never been any creosote, regardless of what I burn. The key is that all my wood is air dried for a minimum of six months, in most cases over a year, and is dry.
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My father always warned against burning pine and fur due to the tar. He was a professional fire chief. I don't know about seasoned pine. His advice was based years of responding to chimney fires from people burning Christmas trees which are not seasoned.
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"dry" is the name of the game. hearth.com can answer any questions on wood you ever thought of. birch is one of the higher density woods. wet wood will be nothing but poor heating and creosote.
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I would think you'd need to burn a LOT of Christmas trees to build up enough creosote to be a hazard.

I clean my chimney at least twice a year, sometimes 3. I rarely see more than 1/4" buildup.

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thanx, guys.

i want to put a wood burning stove in my basement, for a few times a week winter use.
i also happen to have a pretty large birch tree in my back yard. that i am starting to not like.
i also have a STIHL FARM BOSS. you do the math :D
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Birch bark is pretty resinous and is a great firestarter. Split it, let it dry and season for several months, and it will burn fine.
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birch is great fire wood...white birch is a soft wood and burns good....yellow birch is a hard wood burns hot and long down side its a little hard to split as its twisty...
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I would think you'd need to burn a LOT of Christmas trees to build up enough creosote to be a hazard.

I clean my chimney at least twice a year, sometimes 3. I rarely see more than 1/4" buildup.

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You would think. Yet every winter around Christmas time they responded to chimney fires. I don't think it was a buildup of creosote so much as the sparks produced. My father isn't around to ask though.

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