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Will burning cedar distroy my metal chimney?

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Beno, Jun 19, 2009.

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  1. Beno

    Beno New Member

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    Hi there,

    I live near Ottawa, Canada. After clearing the lot to build our (ICF) house (heating with Caddy wood/electric furnace) I ended up with lots of cedar to dry and burn. I was told though by a neighbour not to burn cedar, or it will distroy my stainless steel chimney. He said that the resin from the cedar will make in few years holes in the chimney.

    Is this correct? I hope not.

    Thanks,
    Beno

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  2. zzr7ky

    zzr7ky Minister of Fire

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    Hi -

    Sounds very fishy to me. I burn every bit I can get. In a modern stove, with a stainless liner most of us get little or no creosote build.... No 'resins' condense because they are burned. I clean the chimney in the spring and that's it.

    Enjoy,
    Mike
  3. d.n.f.

    d.n.f. New Member

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    A lot of cedar gets burned out here in BC. Never heard that one before.

    Surprised that 'the don't burn Pine' people haven't quoted that one.
  4. mcote

    mcote New Member

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    I burn cedar whenever I can get it! I usually split it up small and use it to start my fires. If you have a properly installed woodstove, you should be just fine. Good luck and enjoy the nice smell!
  5. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Most folks just put cedar and pine in the same class and say you shouldn't burn it. Hogwash. Just make sure it is dry.
  6. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    This is the first time I've heard this one . . . if true I think someone should tell all those folks who have been burning cedar kindling since time began. ;)
  7. Bigg_Redd

    Bigg_Redd Minister of Fire

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    Pine causes chimney fires, and infertility.
  8. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    Heart attacks and the tires on your vehicle to go flat. Not too mention what it does to your hair line....we won't even go there.
  9. mayhem

    mayhem Minister of Fire

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    I thought my receding hairline was due to keeping my head too close to an open flame. Shows what I know.

    Yes burning cedar will in fact hurt your chimney. Best to palletize it all and ship it to my house where it can be disposed of in an evironmentally safe manner...cedar is like PCB-saturated fill mixed with heavy concentrations of radon in a manure wagon being pulled by a team of frightened skunks on a hot day.
  10. Highbeam

    Highbeam Minister of Fire

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    I sure hope not. I've burned many cords of western red cedar in my stove. It burns great and is actually a reasonably high btu wood for a softwood. I had no problems with resins or tar in my chimney or on my stove's glass. If I needed kindling I saved the super striaght clear chunks and diced them up into little pieces. I store kindling in the house in a huge metal hoop device and a full hoop of fresh cut cedar makes the house smell really nice for quite some time.

    I have a pile of red cedar rounds outside right now waiting to be split. I am mixing it in with douglas fir for a combo effect.
  11. SmokeyTheBear

    SmokeyTheBear Minister of Fire

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    The "frightened skunks on a hot day" will by itself melt your stainless steel chimney.
  12. heppm01

    heppm01 New Member

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    Your neighbor is thinking of nuclear waste. You shouldn't burn nuclear waste, or it will destroy your stainless steel chimney.

    People get those two mixed up all the time.
  13. pinewoodburner

    pinewoodburner Feeling the Heat

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    I have heard that it causes an increase in your waist size.
    Send it all my way and I will get rid of it for you.
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    woodjack Minister of Fire

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    I heard it's especially helpful for erectile dysfunction.
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    Skier76 Minister of Fire

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    "Most creosote in Washington Sate?" :lol:
  16. maplewood

    maplewood Minister of Fire

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    Is your neighbour looking for some free wood, by chance?
    He must have kept his face straight the whole time he was talking to you, but he's probably laughing while telling his buddies about this on the back nine.
    Don't keep the draft open too long. I only use cedar for kindling. It makes for a quick hot fire.
    Happy burning.
  17. Corey

    Corey Minister of Fire

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    I wouldn't burn it - That cedar is probably contains dihydrogen monoxide which can cause all sorts of problems... [snicker]

    http://www.dhmo.org/facts.html

  18. wendell

    wendell Minister of Fire

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    I've never burned cedar so I wonder what has increased my waist size?
  19. Pagey

    Pagey Minister of Fire

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    Pine. And maybe the beer. But mostly the pine.
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    Two words. Roxbury Tavern.
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