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what the heak Can you burn Pine or cant you???

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by Chrism, Mar 3, 2011.

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  1. Chrism

    Chrism Feeling the Heat

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    I have read so many things that say yes you can and no you shouldn't??? Read and article that if its split and seasoned for 2 years it will burn cleaner than hard wood??? I have 13 80 ft pine trees that I am cutting down cause they are huge lightning rods!! And if I can burn them in my stove when they are seasoned that would be a lot of free heat for a couple of winters. Any thoughts on this issue ?

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  2. North of 60

    North of 60 Minister of Fire

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    I will give you a hint. What would it cost me for you to ship me up some OAK and other types of wood? Does it get cold here?
    I have a wood stove and use it 24/7 for a minimum of 8 months. Pine is our Oak. ;-)
    Cheers
  3. Beetle-Kill

    Beetle-Kill Minister of Fire

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    Heak yeah you can burn them! Knock 'em down, buck 'em up, split and stack for ( give 'em a year to be safe- don't wanna go bald, do you?) then burn the sucka's. Enjoy! :lol:
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    BrowningBAR Minister of Fire

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    Buck, split, stack, and dry those god forsaken trees and burn away.
  5. johnstra

    johnstra Feeling the Heat

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    I burned 2 cords of exceptionally well seasoned pine this year and my flue looks great. You will not get as long a burn out of pine, but I can still load my Mansfield at night and easily have enough coals to reload from in the morning.

    If you do burn pine, try to avoid pieces that have fatwood sections in them. The pine I'm burning was cut quite a long time ago and pieces that had branches or stems tend to develop sections that are very rich. Burning that stuff is like soaking a piece in kerosene... best to avoid it. I can spot them by looking now. The nose test will tell you too... if they smell like fatwood (aka starter pine, or pitch pine) I don't burn them as splits. You can shave off pieces and use them for starter if you want.

    I like to alternate pine loads with hardwood loads to manage coal buildup. If I need a lot of heat, the pine load will cook down the coals and still yield good heat. I can follow it up with another full load of oak.

    -john
  6. Chrism

    Chrism Feeling the Heat

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    Guess I'm dumb didn't quite get that pyro?? Sorry
  7. BrowningBAR

    BrowningBAR Minister of Fire

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    Dry the pine and burn it!
  8. KTLM

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    You can definately burn pine. Not sure about lightning rods.
  9. Beetle-Kill

    Beetle-Kill Minister of Fire

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    Ok, Ok- Chrism, this topic comes up every (month, year,...) Process your trees like you would any other tree, then enjoy the heat. You'll learn to live with the side effects.
  10. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    Pine is fine.
    Less BTU per cord than hardwoods, but burns great.
  11. Chrism

    Chrism Feeling the Heat

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    What side effects??
  12. Mt Ski Bum

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    +100!!!
  13. BrowningBAR

    BrowningBAR Minister of Fire

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    Heat.
  14. BrowningBAR

    BrowningBAR Minister of Fire

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    Seriously, though. No side effects if the wood is dry. Pine is a soft wood and can burn hot but has a shorter burn cycle than hard woods.
  15. Beetle-Kill

    Beetle-Kill Minister of Fire

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    +1- I was waiting for others to chime in, just to start the smack talk. I'm still laughing at "what could have been" . %-P ... Chrism, process the Pine, let it dry and burn it. My wood is 80% Pine, I blame the other 20% on my limp and bald head.
  16. burleymike

    burleymike Feeling the Heat

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    Here in the intermountain west pine is about all we burn unless you buy wood from a tree guy. In the dry climate of the west pine will season once split in 8-12 months.

    I actually prefer the pieces from the tops since they are full of pitch. I can put a couple of those really pitch filled logs in first thing in the morning and the secondaries will be lit up in 5-10 minuets. While I know the burn time is shorter pine does not make a lot of coals or ash.
  17. Jutt77

    Jutt77 Feeling the Heat

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    Side effects include an intense burning sensation:)

    Seriously though, I love pine it's awesome and about the best wood we got around here. Ask Beetlekill, he's rockin like 500 cords of it:)
  18. Beetle-Kill

    Beetle-Kill Minister of Fire

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    500 cord, yeah, - I wish! :lol:
  19. dafattkidd

    dafattkidd Minister of Fire

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    don't do it. that stuff is stove poison
  20. Chrism

    Chrism Feeling the Heat

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    Fire Honor Society everyone has said its ok to burn why do you say that??
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    Chrism, you're addressing people by their membership catagory. Look at the name in blue above the catagory. :)

    Also, as far as the pine goes, it is just like any other wood- cut it, dplit it, season it, & then BURN IT!! What do you think we use for stove fuel out here in the Rocky Mountain West, where all we have is pine & other conifers? We certainly don't import oak & other hardwoods from the east!
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    Lots don't like it because they blame the pitch for creosote in their system or you get sticky when bucking it. It sometimes gums up
    tools, saws etc. For fireplaces, it snap & crackles & shoots sparks all directions so have to be more careful. In a woodstove, load it up
    close the door & enjoy the heat.
    Many folks in the NW search out pitch filled wood. & go to great lengths to get it.
    When I was in Oregon, I helped a buddy get a log off a river sand bar, full of pitch. Heavy & lots of heat energy in it.
    He called it "Primo" & said it would burn real hot.
    Just dry it like any other wood. It actually dries faster than most hardwoods. If dry it will burn fine, just less BTUs per cord.
    Like any wood burned wet/green, it will creosote up your stove & stack. But when it's dry, not a problem.
    Has been burned for heat for hundreds of years.
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    certified106 Minister of Fire

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    Man i f you can't burn pine please, please, please don't tell my wood stove since I have it fooled..... :lol:
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    LMAO!!!
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    I'd like to take this thread a different direction because we all know that burning pine is okay. It is just another old wives tale that burning pine will burn your house down. It is pure baloney.

    But what I'd like to address is the lightning rod things. Chrism, why do you think these pine are lightning rods? One reason I ask is that we have several thousand pine trees right by our house and to my knowledge, lightning has never struck in those pines. Lightning however has stuck several oak on the neighbor's land and several of our trees (mostly maple), but never a pine.

    So, why are your pines lightning rods?
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