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Anyone ever burn railroad ties.

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by ohlongarm, Mar 8, 2012.

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  1. lukem

    lukem Minister of Fire

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    +1.

    Even if they are treated with creosote, that can *appear* to wear away, but there is still a healthy dose of chemicals in that wood.

    My dad accidentally put a 2" x 12" cut-off from a telephone pole in the stove. It got ugly. It looked like the preservative had "worn away" too.

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  2. Waulie

    Waulie Minister of Fire

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    Years ago, I was working on a survey crew for a bridge replacement project. The new bridge was supported on wood timber piles. The stupid contractor crew was cutting the tops of the piles to the correct height on a hot day with their shirts off. After being released from the hospital, they were still laid up for a long while with severe burns all over their upper bodies from the sawdust that got on their sweaty skin. Nasty stuff, please don't allow your friend to proceed with his plan.
  3. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    Another vote for a bad idea.
  4. Highbeam

    Highbeam Minister of Fire

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    Why on earth didn't your friend steal the non-croesoted raw timbers? Those suckers would be a nice straight chunk of hardwood and excellent firewood.
  5. KodiakII

    KodiakII Feeling the Heat

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    I think it was because they were stacked close to the fence and the untreated ties were down at the other end of the yard...quite a way from the fence. The plant finally closed about twenty years ago, but I remember it as a kid. The smell of it was unbelievable, no wonder most of the guys who worked there died of cancer. We used to drop large rocks from a train bridge that was just down stream from the plant to watch oil slicks come up when the rock hit bottom....nice eh?
  6. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa Minister of Fire

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    Growing up on the farm, we had a railroad that intersected our property. In the early days the railway workers would burn the old ties right o the ROW. The fires would smolder for days on end and stink up our place when the wind was blowing the wrong way. We asked them not to burn them but rather to drop them off at our crossing. We used them for flooring in the barn and for fence posts. My farther had a brain fart to cut some up for firewood but it was some real nasty stuff and my mother set him straight right quick.
  7. ohlongarm

    ohlongarm Minister of Fire

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    Relax gentlemen I've no plans of burning them,my friend was entertaining the idea,but not anymore. Seems like a landscaper wants to grind them into mulch.Don't know what the ramifications of that endeavor may be but it's out of my hands.
  8. westkywood

    westkywood Feeling the Heat

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    MMMM mmm. Just what I want on my garden. Creosote
  9. burleymike

    burleymike Feeling the Heat

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    Creosote ties are about the best fence posts you can get. One of my corner posts has a date nail in it from "35" and that post is still in great shape.
  10. webbie

    webbie Seasoned Moderator Staff Member

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    Received this from a concerned citizen.....who asked that it be put here:

    "This is very dangerous , My father once brought home a load of railroad ties to burn for heat. it made so much heat and residue in the chimney that we caught our house on fire. very toxic, very dangerous."
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