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Is it ok to burn Sycamore?

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by scfa99, Jan 8, 2006.

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  1. scfa99

    scfa99 New Member

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    Have a couple of rounds of sycamore that i picked up. My buddy said you can't burn it, makes you sick, hence the name. Is this true?

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  2. Sandor

    Sandor Minister of Fire

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    Breathing smoke from any kind of burning wood can make you sick.

    Chuck it in the stove and be happy. Don't expect much, its soft wood.
  3. chereshorter

    chereshorter New Member

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    There is a type of wood that grows in California that can make you sick or worse, so I would be careful. I was told about this tree when visiting the LA area. I wish I could remember the name of it. All I know is that it bears white flowers. Does anyone know about this tree?
  4. Sandor

    Sandor Minister of Fire

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    Dorothy, I mean cheres.

    I grew up around Sycamores. Burnt much and I'm still here.

    I did not see many of them when I was in LA.

    I'm not in Kansas. And Sycamores are not in LA either.
  5. chereshorter

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    Sandor,
    I didn't inten to say that sycamore was poisonous. What i meant was that anyone concerned with a species of wood being poisonous should do their research from a reputable source and not just rely on a post. Some things are not safe to burn.

    I found this site quickly by searching the internet. http://www.extension.iastate.edu/Publications/PM329.pdf



    Apparently, sycamore is commonly used for firewood.

    The tree said to be poisonous grows in California, but it was not sycamore. It had an exotic name. Does anyone on this site know what species I might be referring to?
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    Corey Minister of Fire

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    Out of curiosity and killing time I did some searching...only thing I really found (besides not burning poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac, ect) was the wood of the laburnum tree also being poisonous. Don't know how common that tree is, but apparently no good for firewood.

    Also found a pretty complete list of trees and firewood traits at:

    http://zenstoves.net/Wood.htm

    Skip all the camping stove stuff on the first half of the page, the real wood stuff is at the bottom.


    Corey
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    Why would anyone in LA need a woodstove?? :lol:
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    I lived in So Cal in 78-79 and it did snow there that winter. It lasted about 20 min as I recall.
    Winter last from around Dec 20th - Jan 15. and you need a hoodie at night.
    Oh those Hollywood nights ;)
  9. chereshorter

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    Cozy,
    Thank you for the information. I really appreciate it.
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