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More ash (not trees) then ever

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by fespo, Feb 17, 2013.

  1. fespo

    fespo Feeling the Heat

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    Hello everyone, I have been burning a lot of small white oak rounds 2"- 4 1/2", mixed in with splits. They are at 4 -5 years old and so dry the bark is falling off. Question is, can bark make more ash then normal?Has anyone ever had this problem? Thanks

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  2. lopiliberty

    lopiliberty Minister of Fire

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    No bark on my wood its so old but I have heard from a lot of people that bark causes more creosote.????????
  3. ArsenalDon

    ArsenalDon Minister of Fire

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    I do not think creosote is the issue, but in my experience bark does create more ash.
  4. westkywood

    westkywood Feeling the Heat

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    Always heard it did. Can't say for sure if it's true
  5. ArsenalDon

    ArsenalDon Minister of Fire

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    well certainly for me it is anecdotal...it is not like I empty my stove and weigh the ashes after a just wood burn and then again after a just bark burn.;lol
  6. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Of course bark causes ash but usually not enough to worry about. If the bark falls off, okay. If not, okay. Some folks even save bark and burn it. For sure you would get lots of ash from this method but it is very unusual.

    As for bark causing creosote, don't worry a thing about it unless it is really wet. Worry more about the inside of your wood.
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  7. lopiliberty

    lopiliberty Minister of Fire

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    ?????????? I think what you meant to say is "As for bark causing creosote, don't worry a thing about it unless it is really wet" That's ok we all have typos in our posts==c
  8. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    That is caused from not editing before posting, which I am guilty of from time to time.
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    raybonz Minister of Fire

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    I am the king of typos and wordos lol.. I forget to type entire words all the time and it is annoying!

    Ray
  10. Backwoods Savage

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    Don't feel bad Ray. I sometimes forget to get out of bed in the morning. :)
  11. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    Bark does create more ash in comparison to the heart wood.
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    I also read somewhere that bark has more of the compounds we least want to release into the air.

    I use most of mine for mulch, and as homes for salamanders.
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    Bark will create ash. As for creosote, the bark is a source of moisture creating steam which may help the creosote forming compounds to stick to the walls of the liner (that's my theory and I am sticking to it). However, if your wood is properly seasoned you should not have issues burning the bark.
  14. Pallet Pete

    Pallet Pete Guest

    Depending on species yes it can cause ash buildup. This has happened to us a few times especially with black walnut ! I would not worry about creosote if its dry though heck I use bark as fire starter which works great !

    Pete

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