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The Anti-woodburning neighbor.

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by DavidV, Oct 17, 2006.

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  1. DavidV

    DavidV New Member

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    Buddy of mine has an outdoor fireplace He's gbuilt a woodshed and split/stacked about 6 cords at his place this year. HE was outside this week burning his waste wood (bark, shorts, crazy pieces, rotten pieces, etc. ) that had been produced from all the splitting. One of the neighbors came over to ask if he didn't think that was producing carbon monoxide. When he told me that I just about fell down. I'm sure he smiled and smoothed it over. Glad my neighbors are bit farther away from me.

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  2. Sandor

    Sandor Minister of Fire

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    Yea, and that anti-woodburning neighbor probally lights up his house at night like a Vegas Casino, not thinking about all the coal being burned to produce that electricity.
  3. VT-Woodburner

    VT-Woodburner New Member

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    I hope he told them the wood emits carbon DIoxide. The oil they use to heat their home produces carbon MONoxide.

    I was doing the "Tunbridge World's Fair" here in VT and was next to a furnace dealerthat had the same type of burn chamber as my Regency has so it has more efficent combustion. I believe this is to head off the arguements that these units aren't efficent enough and will pass any pending regulations like the stoves of today.
  4. Gibbonboy

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    Unless the weather is really dry here, we don't have any ban on open burning. I don't burn trash or painted wood, etc. but some of my neighbors do. I have some neighbors who, as it's said, "would b*t*h if they were hung with a new rope". My neighbors who complain about the cell towers 1/2 mile from the house, saying that the radiation is worse because "it's digital" (they really love my ham radio antennas!)- but at the same time they let the kids skateboard in the middle of the street. People are nuts.

    I like getting a big pile of twigs/branches/rotten stuff together and having a biiiiig bonfire a couple times a year. I just call in to work and tell them what I'm doing, and not to send the Fire Department unless I specifically call and ask them to. One of the few benefits of working in 911.
  5. daninohio

    daninohio New Member

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    Wood burning produces CO and CO2 just like other carbon based fuels.

    That said, being an OUTSIDE fire, I wouldn't be worried about either.
  6. cogger

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    The problems with these things there is only a stumpy stack other than that they are the balls to have especially in the countryside where there are no neighbors . So being in a tight neighborhood if I ever did get one of these things I consider a very tall stack and wire it down to the ground like a big atenna
  7. Nokoni

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    Crazy. My one neighbor lives very close to me. Maybe 20 feet? Anyway, I hope that they do ask me this questions and then I can point out that their three, YES THREE, suv's make much more pollution than my wood stove. Not to mention their harley, car, power washer, leaf blower, lawnmower, and occasional bobcat they rent. This is for two people. I try not to be fixate on them but I often think that all my recycling and other energy saving choices are cancelled by their BIG STUFF.
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    This would be the type of person that would ask me if that is "real coal" I am using on the train or some kind of special effect to make it look like coal. It has been asked before by the city folk
  9. HarryBack

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    alot of bad press lately concerning mostly outside wood boilers, most likely its transferring to wood burning in ALL of its forms. Those outside boilers are exceedingly inefficient, frequently producing large clouds of smoke containing all kinds of noxious things, let alone when the burner gets trash and other waste thrown into it. Kinda scary really when you figure that the geniuses who write laws and bylaws most likely will not just limit outside boilers but also attempt to regulate wood burners as well. Fortunately at the present time you are able to exercise your rights and burn wood. Problems gonna be when some letigious neighbor decides you are lessening his or her quality of life with the awful pall of smoke...dont worry, Im sure they'll take pictures for when it finally does get to court, along with an analysis of all the carcinogens in wood smoke. The you'll have to "lawyer-up" to protect yourself, even if you are right. Point is, after hiring the lawyer, paying the retainer, etc, is that thing actually saving you money?
  10. Gibbonboy

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    And then the judge gets to see my "eco-friendly" neighbor dumping gasoline and herbicide on a stump in my yard. I keep that video handy, he knows I have it. Not really blackmail, but close.

    Seriously, I would try a "preemptive strike" with some of the friendlier local gov't officials- educate them! Show them clean-burning technologies, and explain about carbon-neutral, renewable fuels. A suggestion of a ban on woodburning around here would probably get you tarred and feathered on the green.
  11. Rick

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    I should send my only neighbor a bottle of wine, last year he asked me why I wasn't using my stove. When I told him that it runs 24/7 he was amazed that he couldn't smell anything. Seems the people that used to own my house would burn in the fireplace and smoke my neighbor out.

    Rick
  12. velvetfoot

    velvetfoot Minister of Fire

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    That cog railway link doesn't work for me.
    I hope to get a ride on the one going up Mt. Washington before it's banned, or something.
  13. Sandor

    Sandor Minister of Fire

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    Congrats Rick!
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