We're thinking about getting a wood burning stove this winter, so can we burn pallet wood as we have access to quite a lot of it? I've heard that it can damage the flue by coating it in creosote as some are treated.
Sounds very unlikely to me. Pallet wood is going to be thoroughly seasoned well before it gets scrapped.doorframe":1n156nk0 said:I was told that you have to dry store the pallet wood for a year before burning, and be able to prove it. Don't know if that's true.
It all goes up the chimney, if it isn't destroyed by the heat. Most smoke is pretty toxic anyway so a bit of treated timber isn't going to make much difference IMHO.studders":14w1ae2y said:I've recycled quite a few pallets, never found any tar in them, though some smell as though they have been treated with similar smelling treatment as that used on tanalised softwood and I'd be wary of burning them.
Well I have to say I burn more Scots pine than anything (redwood offcuts and old joinery scrap) and there is no problem whatsoever. What you saw was probably a bit of ash or soot blow out when somebody poked the fire or opened the door etc.Richard T":39yzzjz3 said:My neighbour across the road uses pallets for at least half his annual firewood and has no problems at all. (He works at Tesco ...)
In my experience, the very worst wood for sooting up is Scotts Pine, White Pine or similar. I have seen the smoke from its resin condense into soot in the air and fall as a solid - no chimney needed :shock:
I thought you were old but....Jacob":2ifp2zm3 said:After all we have been doing it for at least 750,000 years....!
Interesting but irrelevant - it's not a problem burning it in a wood stove, which is what we are talking about. Temperature is higher in a wood-stove than a burning blob of resin in the open air! A coal fire is similar - until it gets hot it can be smokey and tarry.Richard T":ak67mb6p said:'fraid not Jacob - This was by way of deliberate demonstration: Scots Pine resin, small blob on end of stick, set light to in open space, big orange flame producing thin black smoke from the tip. At about 2 foot above the flame the smoke solidified and fell as thin powdery pieces. .... ...
sue denim":226mjr08 said:personally I burn nothing but oak and heat the entire house with it.
I said that about cakes..... :roll:EddieJ":1s7fmhj6 said:You can never have too much of a good thing.