An outdoor fire pit is a great addition to any patio. Such a fixture is becoming a mainstay for outdoor living. Of course, you must treat the appliance with great care. This means being selective with what you place in the fire. We’ll outline what not to burn in an outdoor fire pit.
Even if you forget everything else in this article, just remember this simple rule: Don’t burn anything in a fire pit other than natural wood.
The fire pit is not a trash incinerator. Do not burn paper, trash, or anything manmade. These release carbon dioxide, greenhouse gases, and a number of other toxic chemicals into the environment.
You also shouldn’t burn treated wood. This includes pallets or any form of wooden materials used in industrial applications. These often contain the toxic chemical methyl bromide.
Particle board is another item to keep out of the fire. This is a form of engineered wood that contains adhesives for bonding the wood fibers together. Some adhesives contain formaldehyde, a chemical found in tobacco.
Even with wood, you have to be selective with the type you burn. You should only burn properly cured wood. Like humans, wood is made up of 60% to 70% water. If you burn uncured wood, the fire would lose most of its heat trying to remove the moisture. Use cured wood with a moisture content below 25%.
Fall is here, which means cold weather is around the corner. Now is the time to invest in an indoor fireplace or outdoor fire pit. Call All Points Heating for installation or repairs of an existing system. Of course, you need to do your part by not indiscriminately burning anything in an outdoor fire pit.
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