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    I'm building a wall unit out of 3/4" particle board. Thare are quite a few scraps that would make good kindling for starting fireplace (indoor) fires. Is there any problem burning these scraps in a fireplace, considering the glue and other chemicals?

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    I tried burning particle board once. The smoke was very black and smelled like burning plastic. I wont be doing it again.
    www.TheWoodCellar.com

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      Re: Burning scraps?

      Originally posted by ace7seven View Post
      I'm building a wall unit out of 3/4" particle board. Thare are quite a few scraps that would make good kindling for starting fireplace (indoor) fires. Is there any problem burning these scraps in a fireplace, considering the glue and other chemicals?
      At first blush, I would want to avoid the Formaldehyde and other VOCs that are typically used in particle board. These tend to off-gas while the product is just sitting still...no telling what they turn into when burned. I would say a small amount in OUTSIDE burning might be OK but I wouldn't use it in a fireplace. Just my two cents.

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        Re: Burning scraps?

        While I wouldn't have a problem burning hardwood scraps, other wood products might well pose some health or other hazards. We all know that burning softwood logs like pine for prolonged periods, can lead to pitch build-up in the flue, I would think the pine board scraps would lead to the same, although to a somewhat less extent.

        OSB, chipboard, and MDF contain and abundance of chemicals, such as formaldahyde, Chromium Copper Sulfate, and even Arsenic! The retailers are supposed to carry MSDS sheets (Material Safety Data Sheet) for any product containing chemicals, but I have found that neither my local retailers do so. Here is a link to one such manufacturer's data: http://www.gp.com/BUILD/DocumentView...elementid=4503

        While one might reason that their particular fire place or wood stove system might safely vent the combustion fumes up the chimney, the fallout would still be in the yard and the surrounding neighborhood.

        I hope this helps,

        CWS

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          Re: Burning scraps?

          I've amassed a big bunch of wood from demolishing my shower and will later get much more from demolishing a good chunk of the deck in my back yard. I wouldn't dream of burning any of it in my indoor fireplace!! My wife and I are keeping our eyes peeled for a sale on an outdoor fireplace to use for this sort of thing.

          Basically, a copper fire bowl or that sort of thing should do the trick. I hope.

          Or maybe I'll some day have a big pillar of black smoke coming out of my back yard and the cops knocking at my door.

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            Re: Burning scraps?

            In the state of TN, the burning of particle board, OSB, and any other wood products that have binding resins or other coatings, preservatives, stains, paint, etc. is illegal. A lot of contractors burn these types of materials at the jobsites and should consider the environmental impacts they cause by burning. The fines can be up to 25,000 per day. The open burning of these materials is considered hazardous. I am an environmental specialist (Air Pollution) for the state. So I see this kind of thing all the time.

            Do not burn this stuff in your home fireplace. (Smelly and Toxic).

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            • #7
              Re: Burning scraps?

              I kinda figured the above - thanks.

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