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Master Geek

#271807 27-May-2020 13:34
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My nephew recently turned up with a bunch of cedar plank off-cuts from a house they are currently recladding.  These planks are pre oiled at the factory, although I am not sure what this means exactly.  He said it wasn't a "H" treatment like they do to pine it was something different, I assume it is like the oil people apply to their decks or similar (but I don't know!).


Will they be OK to use as firewood?  My concern is whether the treatment means I shouldn't burn them for fear of stuffing up my fireplace or generating toxic smoke.  I have been told before that I shouldn't burn treated or painted wood.  It's for a regular inside wood burner.




Anyone have any thoughts?

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Uber Geek

  #2493147 27-May-2020 20:26
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If it's the cedar I've had anything to do with, it's brilliant kindling. Split it as fine as you can and will start a fire pronto. The natural oils spark, so best not used in an open fire.

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Master Geek

  #2493196 27-May-2020 21:59
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I'd be wondering about the residue the oil might leave in the flue. How big are the planks? People pay money for cedar for small projects.

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