I have been using cuttings off my leylandii to get the fire started.
They produce a bit of smoke at first and then burst into spectacular
flames which is very hot and gets everything going. I have however
read allsorts about creosote build up and was wondering if this would
lead to such a problem?
From what I read on a US government advisory site (can't remember where but
I expect it's still there) the creosote problem with certain woods or damp
wood is fallacious. The problem is apparently with a high moisture content
reducing the temperature of the burn and so hence lower flue gas
temperatures leading to more condensation of tarry products on the flue
walls. So from this I understand it doesn't matter what you burn as long as
it is pretty dry. Smoke may indicate damp combustibles, I guess, so make
sure it's dry and it should be ok.
An occasional roaring burn is supposed to help as it burns flakes of tar on
the walls of the flue. Or it sets fire to your chimney :-) Don't blame me if
Yes, that's my understanding too, cresote/tar build up is purely a
consequence of burning wood with too mach water content. It has
little or nothing to do with the type of wood being burnt (except to
the extent that some species have more water in them and thus need
more drying). We burn quite a lot of leylandii as we have bee slowly
felling a row of twenty or so really big ones with trunks a foot or so
in diameter. As long as it's well dried (12 months or more) then it
makes excellent wood for burning, it's rather harder and thus longer
lasting than pine etc. and, in my experience, comparable with aspen
which we have a lot of too. There are better woods to burn, ash is
supposed to be one of the best because it has a low water content
initially. However since our leylandii and aspen are free we'll keep
The more frequently you get a really hot fire burning the better as
tar/soot won't build up so much. You should still get the chimney
checked/swept annually though.
Only to the same extent as burning any wood indoors is. As I said earlier
in this thread there's nothing particularly odd or special about Leylandii
wood, it's just wood like that from other trees. Season it (i.e. dry it)
properly and it makes good firewood.
Agrred, but when burnt 'raw' it generates copious clouds of very
resinous smoke. That is bad news for chimeny fires. Having had three or
four, due to not sweepng a coal fliue(1) and burbning green wood for a
year (3) WITH proper annual sweeoping, i'd say anythi ng that increases
soot deposition is bad.
In all cases the flue caught fire just above where a NORMAL fire burns
teh soot off. In all cases I was using somehing rather more inflammable
(cardboard/hardboard) to get the fire going.
Leylanndi produces first of all smelly smoke (quite pleasant smell -
sandalwoodish) then a roaring flame from teh greener bits and twiglets.
NOT good if you have preloaded the fle with resins...
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