I've recently moved into an old house with a wood-burning fireplace. My
house is near a beach and there's lots of driftwood there. Is there anything
wrong with burning driftwood in a fireplace? The driftwood seems clean.
i got driftwood off the banks of the ohio for decades. if dry,it usually
burns pretty fast as the soaking seems to take something out of it.. but
free and easy to pick up.no side effects i could see in my wood stove
and chimmney. sometimes id put a wet peice in a hot fire,,it would burn
after a while. lucas
Nothing at all wrong with it. Best to cut and stack for a month or two
to be sure it is dry. The only problem is cutting it, even if it looks
clean, it will have sand/dirt embedded in cracks and crevices - may
have to sharpen your saw more often.
If it is on salt water there is an added benny in the wood should burn
with some colorful flames due to the bit of salt that will be on/in the
Every stove manufacturer will tell you to never burn driftwood in their
stoves, and most (not all) will tell you not to burn driftwood in
their manual. I would be worried about the thing you can control, and
that is salt in driftwood. Its pretty common knowledge that salt is
corrisive to metal. And in the presence of heat, that chemical reaction
happens faster. Manufactures are hip to what driftwood damage
looks like, and good luck claiming a warrenty claim on a premature
rusted out stove. Enjoy the pretty colors.
Care to supply a cite to a manual containing that?
It certainly wasn't in my stove manual or the manual with the prefab
chimney I installed years ago. Minus a cite, it sounds like just
another old wives tale to me.
My pacific energy wood burning insert states it in the manual. My
vermont castings manual at the summer home states it as well. Burn it
anyways. When your stove / stack becomes pitted and rusted forget any
warrenty parts replacement. And yes, google it. Not only for stove
damage but for what salt turns into when heated and burned and vents
from the stack.
These guys do
They say no, but give no reason.
a.. Wet or green wood
b.. Household garbage such as plastic or cardboard
c.. Painted or stained wood
d.. Pressure-treated wood
e.. Particleboard or plywood
f.. Ocean driftwood
g.. Glossy magazines
h.. Any materials prohibited by local by-laws
Depends on what one means by driftwood. Lots of
wood (especially timbers) drifting in the ocean
and piled on beaches contains all sorts of toxic
stuff--oils, tars, creosote, and various other
preservative. So no, one should not burn that
stuff in a stove.
If by driftwood one means actual tree trunks and
branches that were obviously never treated with
preservatives, there should be no problem in
I lived on the coast of Oregon for almost twenty years, and only
burned ocean drift wood. It was my only source of heat for my living room
Just two things.
1) you really need to let it dry out for a few months if possible, so
overstock, cover in a dry place and itll be fine, I found outdoors
preferable, but covered.
2) You will go through saw blades faster because of the salt content and
various other reasons, so either learn how to sharpen whatever kind of saw
blade you will be using, or find someone, who will do it unexpensively for
you. Maybee barter some wood for sharpening.
I always used a two person hand saw, so I dont know if this
would apply to a power chain saw or not.
replying to J.Lef, JO wrote:
Have a 5 year old Harman TL300 stove that I burned kiln dried-not treated-
firewood in. Just had to replace it as it has been "gutted" by corrosion as
the wood was sourced from logbooms sitting in saltwater. I have seen firsthand
what saltwater wood will do to a stove that should have lasted me 20-25 years.
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