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BARK....toss it or burn it?

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by DavidV, Dec 8, 2005.

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  1. DavidV

    DavidV New Member

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    When I am processing my firewood, I do most of the splitting and recutting near the bottom of the "treehouse" tree. this creates a natural supply of mulch beneath the the tree. When I am pulling dried firewood from the stack, the bark will often fall off. Sometimes I toss it over under the treehouse and sometimes I put it on the firewood cart and take it inside and burn it. This is mostly oak bark and I am wondering what others do. It burns pretty good and contributes to getting things hot usually before the rest of the wood catches. I've wondered if it creates more ash than the rest of the wood. And naturally, I wonder what everyone else does with theirs.

    David

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  2. Mike Wilson

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    I burn it for kindling or to help things get hot if I've been away for awhile. Works fine, so long as its dry.

    -- Mike
  3. Eric Johnson

    Eric Johnson Mod Emeritus

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    What Mike said.
  4. bruce

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    pile it all for mulch and planting
  5. Roospike

    Roospike New Member

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    What bark come off in the process of cutting stays there. When splitting it and it falls off it go in the garden . When it get stacked for the year ........then brought up to the house the next year it and falls off it goes in a huge wooden box to be burnt in the shop. If its lucky to make it in the house it goes in the stove .
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    bruce56bb New Member

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    i would rather have it fall off...keeps the house a lot cleaner when carrying it in.
    YES.....i'm no longer a firestarter...... i think i'll have a drink on that!!!!
  7. Roospike

    Roospike New Member

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    That would be nice.........(No bark and the drink) I bring my wood in the house with a 2' rubbermaid container and put it all in a bigger rubbermaid. Back to the smaller rubbermaid to go to the stove.
  8. fbelec

    fbelec Minister of Fire

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    i've noticed the bark smokes more. wouldn't that dirty the chimney?
  9. Corey

    Corey Minister of Fire

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    Burn it! Good for firestarter / kindling / fast-hot fires. As far as more smoke...I think the ratio of bark to "real wood" is so small that the slight bit of extra smoke makes no noticeable difference in flue cleanlieness...at least in my case.

    Corey
  10. Rick

    Rick Member

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    I fall into the "if it makes it into the house it gets burned" category.

    Rick
  11. wg_bent

    wg_bent Minister of Fire

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    I found a small stash of black locust and the bark on that stuff is really thick. Like, close to 2 inches. And when you remove it....WoW...It stinks. I decided to remove it from the wood, first: cause it was easy, and second: since the logs would season faster without it.

    The wood pile smelled bad for a week. Nice wood though. Splits easy.
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