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"Alternative" firewood

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by michaelryba, Dec 30, 2010.

  1. michaelryba

    michaelryba Member

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    I'm currently burning some pieces of my garage door in my stove. Yes, I bought & installed a new steel garage door this past summer. This got me thinking..what else have people put through their stove?




    p.s. anyone using their stove in the same way the dude in the movie "Fargo" used a chipper/shredder need not respond!

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  2. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    I'm very unoriginal . . . mostly firewood, slabwood and the occasional board which has been turned into kindling.

    Re: Fargo . . . I think they only do that in Connecticut.
  3. RNLA

    RNLA Minister of Fire

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    Everyone asks me if I have seen Fargo when they see my 12" capacity chipper! It does kind of get old, and NO, I have not seen it. As for the stove I have in the past put some stuff through that was not firewood. Nothing harmful just waste paper, cardboard, ETC.
  4. Badfish740

    Badfish740 Minister of Fire

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    I'm in the process of finishing my basement and tearing out the sub-par work the previous owner did. Instead of lugging the scrap, nail filled, 2x4s up the stairs and to the dump they simply get cut into thirds and shoved in the furnace. Not too many at once though-the stuff is popcorn fart dry.
  5. Thistle

    Thistle Minister of Fire

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    The usual scrap non-treated dimensional softwoods from various jobsites,remodeling & demolition,occasional odd cut-up pallet or 3,small plywood scraps to small to save & reuse,native roughsawn hardwood dunnage used in deliveries of various material on flat bed trailers/trucks to jobsites. Small branches from trimming neighbor's trees when they need help.
  6. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa Minister of Fire

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    My mother used to burn tin cans in the cookstove. I would find just the rims when I cleaned out the ashes. It was a PITA to get them and nails out of the grates.

    When I was building my current home, all the wood I had cleared off the property was less than ideal so I would mix in some of the mill ends that I had saved.
  7. Battenkiller

    Battenkiller Minister of Fire

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    Last year I told this story, but it's worth repeating.

    When we moved into our old house I was confronted with a gigantic wood furnace big enough to fit my MIL in (and several times I was tempted). That freakin' thing would eat anything. Huge rounds of fresh cut red oak just seemed to melt away before my eyes. It made so much heat that we had to open the doors and windows once it got cruising, even in the middle of February.

    In the attic of that place I found a big banana box stuffed with old Playboys and Penthouses and other porn. I kept it around (uh... just for the articles) until my six year old boy found it and started to ask questions. I decided that it was best to get rid of it, and what better place than to stuff it inside of Big Mo' and burn a fire on top of it. About six hours later the beast had finally slowed down and the place was cooling off. I decided to go refill the furnace. There on the bottom, amidst all the coals, was a perfectly intact stack of porno mags. It was blackened severely, but you could still make out the "good parts" of most of the gals. I stirred the pile, and they fell apart, but they didn't exactly disintegrate. I still found small pieces in the ashes several days later, with the images still faintly legible in a good light. Seems that heavy glossy paper has a lot of clay in it and is practically indestructible.

    Moral of the story:

    If you go to Hell for looking at porn, you can take it with you when you go and it will be fine.
  8. Bone1099

    Bone1099 Member

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    Christmas morning is usually pretty warm at my house cuz im burning all of the wrapping paper, boxes and other misc christmas generated trash. Also its a great place to throw dookie diapers so they dont stink up the garbage.
  9. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa Minister of Fire

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    Maybe too warm... Ask any fireman that had to pull duty Christmas day and they'll say that is a good way to start a chimney fire.

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