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any body burn pallets and skids

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by happycamper, Mar 14, 2013.

  1. happycamper

    happycamper New Member

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    any body burn wood pallets and skids
    in their fireplace or wood stove

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  2. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    I have in the past . . . specifically in Year One when I had some semi-seasoned wood.

    Pros: Free, pretty dry. Great kindling.

    Cons: Nails. You don't want to pack the firebox full of 'em. Depending on how you process them it can be a pain . . . and a pain to stack.
  3. HDRock

    HDRock Minister of Fire

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    Hay, The nails retain the heat good after the fire goes out :)


    Just cut em up, don't try to pull the nails out, real PITA
  4. James02

    James02 Feeling the Heat

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    I do...
  5. KodiakII

    KodiakII Feeling the Heat

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    Nails just give you more thermal mass...but be careful where you dump your ashes!
  6. Knots

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    Somebody needs to design a stove specifically to burn a complete skid. The big problem I see is breaking them up efficiently.
  7. WarmGuy

    WarmGuy Feeling the Heat

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    I have done this in the past, and it worked quite well. Some of the pallets were oak. I never tried to sort out the nails, just put in the ashes in the garbage (after long periods of cooling). I've heard of reports of using magnets to remove the nails.

    The tedious part is cutting up the pallets. Sometimes I used a circular saw, sometimes a jig saw. The latter was slower but saner.
  8. HDRock

    HDRock Minister of Fire

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    I tried out a sawzall with a pruning blade, it worked okay but my little top handle 14 inch chainsaw does it fast
  9. WES999

    WES999 Minister of Fire

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    Yes, quite a lot!
  10. HDRock

    HDRock Minister of Fire

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  11. WeldrDave

    WeldrDave Feeling the Heat

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    I get all the old pallets I can get..... Burn hot and quick heat, mostly use for starting the fires. I burn everything in them, forget trying to pull nails, I use a sawzsaw and some old blades on the 021 and go to town.
    Most of them are oak, be careful of glued and particle board ones, "they will fire very hot" .....
  12. tigeroak

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    I use the slats for starters in the house and burn the nails and the rest in the shop. Just got a few the other day.

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