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Burning pallets, pros and cons?

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by babalu87, Dec 20, 2005.

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  1. babalu87

    babalu87 New Member

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    I have access to some pallets that I have been burning
    The slats get cut off and split up into pieces for kindling and the beams go in a barrel or stacked in the shed.
    I typically put a few pieces in the stove to get a HOT fire going once a day
    Are there really any negatives to burning them in a wood stove?
    My stove has two large ash pans and it is very easy to clean so the nails really arent a bother

    Seems like a silly question but when you get something for nothing there has to be a catch ;-P

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  2. fbelec

    fbelec Minister of Fire

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    don't put to many in at a time or the stove will glow cherry red.

    if you look close at some pallets they're oak.
  3. babalu87

    babalu87 New Member

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    Yeah
    I have a VERY sensitive alarm at the bottom of the stairs and it goes off if I put more than one at a time in.
    Whenever I get the stack temp to 525 it goes off.
    Not that I run at 500 very often but a good hot fire helps to keep things clean, sorta like a nice big order of Xtra Hot Buffalo wings ;)
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    fbelec Minister of Fire

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    lol. buffalo wings. that a good one. different pipe eh.
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