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Wood Stove burning the bark?

Discussion in 'The Green Room' started by savagewind, Sep 22, 2019.

  1. savagewind

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    Hi! I did Google it and most people (in 2007) are saying that as long as the bark is dry is burns as wood does but it leaves more ash. But, then someone posted that it emits toxic fumes [more than the wood does] and so he stopped burning it. I have a lot of it and I think I will use some as a fire starter.

    What do YOU think?

    What to do with all that bark? I was thinking of chipping it and giving it away to someone who needs wood chips but I do not have a chipper.
     
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  2. Revoltingest

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    If the bark remains on the wood, I burn it.
    If the bark falls off, I don't burn it....cuz it doesn't burn well.
     
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  3. savagewind

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    Good thinking on your part. :)
    What do you do with it?
     
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    Compost it.
     
  5. BSM1

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    Along this line, the only thing on a dog that won't burn is the bark...hahahaha (sorry, you know me...).
     
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    He wouldn't burn his bite either.
     
  7. savagewind

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    @Revoltingest does "doesn't burn well" mean it isn't good for starting a fire?
     
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    Aye, it does start poorly.
    It also seems to have low heating value.
     
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    So that's what is wrong with me, years of bark poisoning. Maybe I became immune through low doseages.
    Seriously though maybe you could use it for mulch, make some doo dads for craft fairs with animal carvings inside (these are popular) etc. Bark is also good tinder to start the fire, scrape the inside for a nice little pile of wood paper.
     
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    I grew up with a wood burning stove and going out to the woods and getting wood, cutting it, splitting it, and stacking it to dry was all part of the process. The bark was usually rather firmly attached to the log. We burned it along with everything else. Yes, I am sure that it made a bit more ash, but we shoveled out the ash at least once a day, it really would not have made that big of a difference..
     
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  11. ChristineM

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    Either way, still attached or fallen off the wood it still gets burned. The loose stuff, a handful with every load. Bark may not be as efficient as the wood and burns much quicker and every bit helps. Also good for if the fire is dying last thing, rather than feeding more logs, throw on half a bucket of bark.

    Look at it like this, if the bark hadn't fallen off it would be burned so whats the difference?
     
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  12. beenherebeforeagain

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    and some pines and others often have pitch deposits
     
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    Burning the bark never mattered to me. In fact, I always like to have a stack of green wood along with the dry. Get a hot fire going and some good coals, then place on it a green log just before you retire for the evening. It will last well into the night.

    Good-Ole-Rebel
     
  14. savagewind

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    Thank you. The bark had fallen off the logs. Lots of it! And, the pieces have spoiled my gravel driveway... to rake those little pieces and use them for mulch somewhere is the plan.
     
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