An old phone co. pole looks and smells like cedar and maybe some creosote too. I know what the old liquid creo smells like 'cause as a teen we got the stuff freely at hardware or paint stores and slathered it all over stuff (preservative) including ourselves. I thought only the ground contact part of the old phone poles were permeated with creosote, but I get a whiff of it along with cedar on all cut surfaces. Was thinking of chopping these down for starters, but now not so sure. Is it safe to use in the stove (or handle) and if not, where to dispose of it?