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Burning timber from loft room

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Cocat2517, 11 Nov 2018.

  1. Cocat2517

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    Hi
    Been knocking apart a shoddy built loft room, the timber that was used in the build is all piled up ready for trashing, but I was wondering, is it safe to burn on a wood burning (or multi fuel) stove?

    I'd pull all the nails out first and obviously not burn any bits with paint or bits of plasterboard still attached.

    It'd save me a trip to the tip & quite a bit of free fuel.

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  3. Is this a trick question?
     
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    :) No. I've never had a wood burner before, so I have no idea what is and isn't safe to burn, hence the question.

    What part of it made you ask?
     
  5. I burn about anything on mine. Nails and all. Nails just end up in the ash pile. If it's an open burner maybe more cause for concern but mines a close front Franco Belge
     
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    I put it all into log burner expect for anything painted ( because if risk of lead), varnished.
    That includes nails and bits of plasterboard as they simply end up in firegrate at end. But am careful that nails do not touch glass.

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    Especially if you've just had them polished.
     
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    Burning softwood produces more tar than burning hardwood. This can result is tar being deposited in the flue and thus the flue needs to be swept more often.
     
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    Great, thanks, I'll get it chopped up. Only take me 20 mins to run a circular saw through it all, nearest recycle site is 45 mins away (and they charge you to dump stuff).

    I might take out the 6 inch nails but leave the small plasterboard nails in.
     
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    Thanks. This won't be a regular thing, once it's gone it's gone, it'll be proper firewood from then on.

    While we're on the subject... when the burner is fitted, does the flue liner have to be insulated?
     
  12. Mines ceramic lined and I've not had a problem with it.
     
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    I've had a multifuel with secondary "smoke eater." I used to put all sorts of rubbish in mine.

    They burn cleaner but I don't know how much effect that has on the flue deposits.

    I believe that in some districts ordinary dirty-burning wood burners will be outlawed.
     
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    Ideally only untreated, unpainted, clean timber should be burned as contaminated timber gives off potentialy dangerous fumes and can choke up the flue that much quicker. But if you don't care then burn what you like.
     
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    Had a wood burning cooker with C/H incorporated, I burned mostly dry logs, it would also take coal.

    There was a government Minister several months ago warning about burning newly felled "green" wet timber, he was stating that that type of timber was bad for the environment?

    I wonder what burning treated old structural timber that has been treated with CCA [Copper, Chrome, Arsenic] all really nasty chemicals, seem to recall if a load of such treated timber was delivered and there were drips of liquid were seen the load had to go back to the saw mill?
     
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    The circular saw will do that for you.
     
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    Ive been burning pallets for years, had the chimney cleaned & sweep said it burns hot (as it is so dry), nice clean flue. As for the nails once a week just grab them up, tried to reuse once,, but a bit soft.
     
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