So you have a new wood stove or outdoor fire pit you’re planning to put to use. Or maybe you’d like to toast marshmallows on that camping trip you’ve been planning? Either way, if you’re building a wood fire, it’s important to remember that not every piece of timber makes good fuel.
Sure, you know enough not to burn trash like toxic pallets or pressure-treated lumber. But even when choosing between two logs, there are greener (and less green) options out there. Here are some tips on firewood NOT to buy.
Note: None of the advice below applies to the netting or plastic-wrapped bundles of firewood sold in stores and marked kiln-dried or heat-treated. If you only need a little wood, bagged commercial firewood can be a good and safe choice and is usually a high-quality hardwood that will burn hot and clean.
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