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what to do with bark

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Heem, Mar 1, 2009.

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  1. Heem

    Heem New Member

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    So this load of wood I've got, the bark is falling off of all the splits. This doesnt bother me as I find the bark to be holding lots of moisture and hindering the logs from catching.

    But.. now what do I do with all this bark? Only the birch makes good kindling, since it behaves like it's been soaking in gasoline.. but the other stuff?

    Maybe burn it in the outside pit in the summer? There must be a better use for it.

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  2. colebrookman

    colebrookman Minister of Fire

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    Makes good mulch, use it under fancy mulch. Also great to compost; you do have a compost pile?
    Ed
  3. Cazimere

    Cazimere Member

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    Don't worry about it. It's not nearly as bad as the bite.
  4. fossil

    fossil Accidental Moderator Staff Member

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    It simply becomes the ground cover in the open corner of my woodshed and in my splitting area outside my workshop. I like it. Looks OK (to me) and keeps me from standing in dirt or mud. If it sticks to the wood, it goes into the stove. Rick
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    If it doesn't go into the fire and ends up on the ground, my dogs eat it. :p

    I like the mulch idea. Will have to try it this summer.
  6. fossil

    fossil Accidental Moderator Staff Member

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    Ever try burning your dogs' poop? :lol: Rick
  7. EatenByLimestone

    EatenByLimestone Minister of Fire

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    I burn it. It's all BTUs in the dark....


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  8. lobsta1

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    I use the big bark pieces to help burn down the coal bed. On my NC13 I run a piece N/S from the top of the air supply "doghouse". Then I put cross pieces onto that. Doing this creates a blast furnace
    that helps burn down the coals without adding to the coal bed. Burning ash I can easily heat my 1874 house into the seventies. Because of all the coals with locust & hard maple I can't get the house
    above 69*. Seems like for every hour of wood burning & producing heat, I spend two hours trying to burn down the coal bed.
    Al
  9. Gwleo

    Gwleo New Member

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    After splitting I usually have a LARGE pile of bark (elm mostly). I throw most of it in large, plastic garbage cans and put a lid on them. We use the bark for either starting the fire or just to get things really going. I have never had a moisture issue but I try to stay a year in front of my burning needs.
  10. Hurricane

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    If I have large pieces I burn them too. Smaller pieces I throw them in my organic heap in the woods.
  11. TreePapa

    TreePapa Minister of Fire

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    Being in a more urban setting, larger bark pieces go in the green can (90-gallon yard waste). Smaller stuff gets added to mulch. The last time I rented a splitter, I filled the green can with bark. I had bunch of pine w/ thick bark, some of which literally fell off as I was rolling the rounds to the splitter.

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    fsr4538 New Member

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    I mulch what comes off while splitting and stacking. What comes off in the garage while waiting to burn I place in a small trash can and use it as kindling.
  13. gyrfalcon

    gyrfalcon Minister of Fire

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    Wow, that's a great idea. Thanks! I purely hate wasting good dry pieces to burn down coals with an open primary and not getting the heat that nice piece of dry wood could give me used in the normal way. I'll try this for sure.
  14. Bigg_Redd

    Bigg_Redd Minister of Fire

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    I'd burn it.
  15. jpl1nh

    jpl1nh Minister of Fire

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    when I burn bark it helps take off the bite of the cold at my house.
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    Now that's not right!! LOL..
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