The answer is yes if we are assuming this is untreated
redwood. There are few volatiles left from the stain after
weathering. Burning it will have no effect on the stove.
OTOH. Redwood is so light, it will burn very quickly. I
would think of other uses. By short you probably mean less
than 4' but maybe more than 18". Uses for whatever goes in
the ground -- stakes, edging, posts etc.
Hate to see redwood burned! Maybe you could trade it for
some pine or fir.
The redwood deck boards are leftover from a mobile home we recently sold.
We will be doing some landscape work soon, so I need to get the pile
cleaned up. I'd rather not have to pay to have it disposed of or ground
into mulch. Unfortunately, most of the wood is not good enough to reuse for
anything. Firewood seemed like a good use for it.
We built our own home and have a LOT of T&G cedar cut-offs from installing
our ceilings. These are the reject boards that had knots, splits, broken
tongues/grooves, etc. We cut them into equal size pieces that will fit in
our woodstove, and have about a full cord of wood there. It burns fast, but
it still provides lots of heat when we want it.
The redwood is untreated. In fact, only the decking and railing have stain
on them. The underlying posts and joists are mostly unstained.
I had hoped to pull the deck boards up intact and remove the nails.
Unfortunately, I apparently used spiral shank nails when I built the deck,
and there was no way they were coming out! The boards split, cracked in
half, or the nail heads popped off before those nails were coming out. The
mobile home was going to be moved in a few days, so I had to take the decks
down in a hurry. I eventually had to cut the deck apart with my
reciprocating saw. With 24" joist spacing, this meant most of the pieces
are about 22" long.
Yeah, me too... No one around here even carries redwood anymore.
I planed down some of the wider boards and made some really nice little
shelves for our bathroom. Despite 13 years as a deck, some planing,
sanding, and three coats of spar urethane produced some really great
Sadly, most of the wood is partially decayed or is not real attractive. I
ran about 30 of the boards through my planer yesterday, and only 2 were
attractive enough to keep. I cut the remainder into firewood.
Thanks for the feedback!
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