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  1. Stateguy

    Stateguy New Member

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    If you accumlate alot of dryout bark is it ok to burn in the stove

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  2. James02

    James02 Feeling the Heat

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    Sure...I use it to rekindle fires, I even use it for start ups...
  3. Slow1

    Slow1 Minister of Fire

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    No harm in it as long as it is dry. I don't go out of my way to bring bark into the house or to keep it out. If it is on the wood it stays. If it falls off outside I generally leave it outside and it will end up in the compost pile, if it falls off inside (or in the buckets on the way in) I just toss it in with the rest of the wood and I've never particularly noticed it making a material difference in the burn. Sure it lights up rather quick generally, but I don't think it really has a lot of heat value.

    I don't think I'd consider putting a 'full load' of bark in the stove - I have no idea how that would go, but given that it tends to be messy to begin with I think that would be too much effort. If I had a lot of bark then presumably I have the wood to go along with it... no reason to take it off and burn it on its own I guess is my point.
  4. bag of hammers

    bag of hammers Minister of Fire

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  5. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Okay to burn dry bark. Expect a lot of ashes for a little heat.
  6. remkel

    remkel Minister of Fire

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    I usually collect the bark for a while and then find a moderate day to burn it all. It makes for a good temperature when it is a bit warmer outside.
  7. legrandice

    legrandice Burning Hunk

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    if my bark falls off the wood before it makes it inside..then off to the compost. If it's still attached then into the stove. Not worth the ash buildup/lower heat output.
  8. firebroad

    firebroad Minister of Fire

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    I like to throw the bark in a bucket and break it up for mulching flower beds.
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  9. jdp1152

    jdp1152 Minister of Fire

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    I've been prone to chipping off birch bark (or putting birch split son the bottom of a fresh load) because it lights up better than kindling. Anything that falls off during splitting or moving, I toss in the woods though. Tree chips, newspaper, or fat stick work better IMO.
  10. bmblank

    bmblank Minister of Fire

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    Sometimes i like to take a paper bag and fill it with a couple inches of bark/sawdust/whatever scrap is laying around, then roll the bag up tight. Do it a bunch of times and you have some nice fire starting logs.
  11. Dune

    Dune Minister of Fire

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    Mulch.

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