Question: I live on the west coast (British Columbia, Canada) and I have heard that you can not burn drift wood in stoves or fire places. Is this true and if so what is the reason? The house is currently heated by electricity and I feel that if I could utilize drift wood off the beach a big saving could be had. Answer: Some say that the salt in the wood has a corrosive effect on the steel or cat iron in woodstoves. It would be my feeling that a cast iron stove might hold up better than a steel one in this situation. Also, a non-catalytic might be better than a cat, as I'm not sure what (if anything) the salt does to a catalytic converter. If you want a cat stove, you should email Corning (a supplier of catalytic elements) and check with them about the driftwood.