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Old 03-05-2010, 05:22 PM
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Is it ok to burn Leland Cypress in a standard home fireplace (after it is properly dried, of course)? My searches on the web seem to indicate it is ok even though it isn't an ideal wood.

I know you aren't supposed to use regular pine due to the sap/pitch getting in the chimney and catching on fire, but the cypress doesn't seem to have any sap.

My neighbor had a pretty big one come down into my back yard, and I cut it up with my new Echo chainsaw. I was wondering whether to save it for the fireplace next year or just put it out to be picked up for recycling.
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i burn most anything( box elder oaks cottonwood ) besides the obvious pine .. i save the christmas tree and pine logs i have sitting around for the bon fires. i only use the wood stove to heat the garage



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I think even pine is fine, if properly seasoned. What causes build up in the chimney is from the moisture in the wood more than the sap. It needs to sit for at least a year...not as a log, but cut and split. When I was growing up that's all we used, and there was never a problem.
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We up north do not use any evergreen trees since they can make the chimney a fire hazard .This was the advise from an older chimney guy since he had seen many fires due to the sap buildup regardless of how seasoned the wood was . You always see wood at HD or LOWES supposed to be kiln dry with sap still dripping so any evergreen should stay away from any fireplace.
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We up north do not use any evergreen trees since they can make the chimney a fire hazard .This was the advise from an older chimney guy since he had seen many fires due to the sap buildup regardless of how seasoned the wood was . You always see wood at HD or LOWES supposed to be kiln dry with sap still dripping so any evergreen should stay away from any fireplace.

Interesting. . .one of the most common causes of chimney fires around here is burning green alder. . .
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Pine can be used in moderation and if burnt with more of an open flame, not left to smolder slowly. And then after burning the pine one does a hot burn with some hard wood to burn off some of the excess creosote build up.

IMO one shouldn't burn pine on days when there is a down draft problem.....the smoke lingers in the chimmey to long.

Also IMO one shouldn't use pine to establish a fire in an air tight....the smoke lingers to long in the chimmey.

IMHO the best way to burn pine is to throw 3 - 4 pieces of hardwood in and a piece of pine, that way the heat of the hardwood burns off a lot of the creosote from the pine.

Sorry Frank, I don't know anything about burning Cypress.
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Dry it and burn it.

How about an outdoor firepit?
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