Dad always said, "Never burn pine in the woodstove!"

Old puffer

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Jan 26, 2016
50
Wellsboro, PA
Now, after reading through posts, how true is this? I have a non cat stove so it is not going to burn as hot. So what is the truth folks?
 

English BoB

Minister of Fire
Nov 20, 2014
599
Brunswick NY
Cat or not - dry pine burns fast and hot.

bob
 

NordicSplitter

Minister of Fire
May 22, 2011
541
Western,NY
Pine...properly seasoned is the best kept wood stove secret in the world. I get at least one log load of nothing but Pine every year. 10 face cords for $150!!!! Cut , Split, Stack and see you in 2 years minimum. Norway Spruce actual comes in harder than Silver Maple and Cherry!!! Love it in the Fall and early Spring. Amazing kindling as well. Great to to take the chill out, stretch fires in the afternoon so you save your hardwoods. Moved some Pine around last week...came in at 8% on my moisture meter. All around...Fantastic wood for any wood stove.
 

AmbDrvr253

Minister of Fire
Aug 4, 2015
526
Northeast PA
+1 on the cat or non cat. It WILL burn fast and HOT. As long as it has 6 mos. minimum to season you should be good. I would not load the stove with pine for an overnight burn tho.......LOL.....U will overfire it with no doubts.
 
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heavy hammer

Minister of Fire
Jul 18, 2015
1,665
Kirtland Ohio
Agree with the above, great wood as long as dry it burns hot and fast. Great to get things going again.
 

Ctwoodtick

Minister of Fire
Jun 5, 2015
1,337
Southeast CT
Love the fact that this myth persists. A good reminder that conventional wisdom should be questioned on a regular basis. Pine- a true underdog story.
 
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Prof

Feeling the Heat
Oct 18, 2011
491
Western PA
My grandfather told me the same thing. Glad the myth persists--the local tree guy gives me all the pine I want. He insists that I'm crazy for burning it! I've given up on convincing people that it is safe--heck I can't even get family and friends to burn seasoned wood. The people on this forum keep me sane--or at least share in my insanity!
 

billb3

Minister of Fire
Dec 14, 2007
4,674
SE Mass
Burning pine (uncarefully) in a stove that has a chimney all plugged up with creosote might not b such a hot idea.:eek:

I'm burning more and more if it whenever I have time to keep reloading the stove. Great in the morning to bring a cool stove back up to temp quick.
Well seasoned it lights easy for just take the chill off short burns.
 
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macattack_ga

Burning Hunk
Jan 2, 2013
125
Fairfax, VA
Don't burn it! It'll leave more for me.

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CenterTree

Minister of Fire
Sep 15, 2008
1,045
SouthWest-Central PA
Love the fact that this myth persists. A good reminder that conventional wisdom should be questioned on a regular basis. Pine- a true underdog story.
Yeah I have gotten several loads of PINE free from people who still hold to this MYTH.
Good for us in the "know".
 

webby3650

Master of Fire
Sep 2, 2008
10,940
Indiana
I had a guy delivering pine mixed with tulip for $75 a cord! He said no one would buy it because it had pine mixed in with it. I said bring it on!!
 
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bholler

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Jan 14, 2014
22,130
central pa
I wont go to get any pine and certainly would not pay for it but if i have to cut it for some reason it goes in my stove. It just does not give me long enough heat to make it worth it to me.
 
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webby3650

Master of Fire
Sep 2, 2008
10,940
Indiana
I wont go to get any pine and certainly would not pay for it but if i have to cut it for some reason it goes in my stove. It just does not give me long enough heat to make it worth it to me.
I've had 30 hour burns in my Blaze King lots of times with pine, no problem...
 
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bholler

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Jan 14, 2014
22,130
central pa
I've had 30 hour burns in my Blaze King lots of times with pine, no problem...
yeah at what btu output? Pine has much less btus that the hardwoods i use no matter what stove you burn it in. Cats dont change that
 
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webby3650

Master of Fire
Sep 2, 2008
10,940
Indiana
yeah at what btu output? Pine has much less btus that the hardwoods i use no matter what stove you burn it in. Cats dont change that
Who's knows!? What does it matter? If I can heat my house entirely with the stove using pine. With the BK I can control the heat output and have no fear of an overfire like the above posters have mentioned. I honestly don't see much of a difference with hardwood or soft, burning smoke is a wonderful thing! ::-)
 

Sprinter

Minister of Fire
Jul 1, 2012
2,984
SW Washington
Sure, it would't be your first choice if you have a choice. It just depends on what your options are. bholler is right that it is considered a low grade species, but it burns, and at least is good for shoulder seasons if nothing else, and it's not dangerous or anything (assuming it's dry of of course).
 

webby3650

Master of Fire
Sep 2, 2008
10,940
Indiana
Sure, it would't be your first choice if you have a choice. It just depends on what your options are. bholler is right that it is considered a low grade species, but it burns, and at least is good for shoulder seasons if nothing else, and it's not dangerous or anything (assuming it's dry of of course).
Of course I know it's not the best, but for a months worth of heat for $75? Heck ya!
 
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bholler

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Jan 14, 2014
22,130
central pa
it burns, and at least is good for shoulder seasons if nothing else, and it's not dangerous or anything (assuming it's dry of of course).
Agreed and yes i will burn it but we are surrounded by hardwood forest so i don't bother with it usually
 

BrotherBart

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Pine is evil. It will burn down your house and make you sterile.

Send all pine freight prepaid c/o brotherbart to the Fedex freight terminal at Manassas, Virginia where it will be properly and safely disposed of using approved methods.
 

Seanm

Minister of Fire
Oct 16, 2012
915
SE BC Canadian Rockies
We also cant forget that pine has different btus depending on species. Eastern white pine has 13.2 mbtus and out west many of us burn lodgepole pine that is 15.3 mbtus. Either way it has its place. Its a great wood if youve missed your target loading time and need some hot fast heat to take you to your next scheduled burn or if youre around to reload. I burn lots of pine during the day along with doug fir and use larch for overnights. All wood has its place! In fact I was out today getting a load of lodgepole pine.
 

webby3650

Master of Fire
Sep 2, 2008
10,940
Indiana
We also cant forget that pine has different btus depending on species. Eastern white pine has 13.2 mbtus and out west many of us burn lodgepole pine that is 15.3 mbtus. Either way it has its place. Its a great wood if youve missed your target loading time and need some hot fast heat to take you to your next scheduled burn or if youre around to reload. I burn lots of pine during the day along with doug fir and use larch for overnights. All wood has its place! In fact I was out today getting a load of lodgepole pine.
Lodge pole pine? I've got some of that! Guess I'll be good if I get in a pinch..
 

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