Burn the Christmas Tree?

Old 12-28-00, 01:13 PM
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Is it safe to burn the Christmas pine tree in the fireplace? It's a pretty open hearth with good smoke exhaust, but I was warned about creosote from pine.

Would like to burn it rather than just tossing the tree.
Old 12-28-00, 06:15 PM
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Do NOT burn pine in your fireplace (Christmas tree or otherwise), as tempting as it may be to "recycle" it like that.
Pine pitch creates a LOT of creosote, which is the source of chimney fires.
A local fireman (who had just answered a chimney fire in my neighborhood) told me of another man that burned a lot of pine in his fireplace wood insert, it plugged up, exploded, and literally blew a large part of his chimney off into the street. That's a very extreme case, but I hope you get the point.
If you burn many fires each year (even without pine), your chimney should be cleaned and inspected annually for fire safety.
Good Luck!
Old 12-30-00, 06:37 AM
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OldGuy, you're in the majority, though some sites said it was okay to burn pine if there was sufficient air draft. I confess to burning some of the needles to start the fire that night, but chose not to burn the tree.

Thanks for your help.

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