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Old 01-27-2012, 07:57 PM
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Our municipality has tightly regulated burning - and my neighbor is a looky-loo, so you know that he has his binoculars out whenever I take my lighter outside.

We built a garage and had a bunch of cut-offs of untreated lumber. We aren't allowed to burn building materials outside. We are supposed to throw the lumber in a landfill. I just brought it inside and burned it in the fireplace. What stupidity.
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Our municipality has tightly regulated burning - and my neighbor is a looky-loo, so you know that he has his binoculars out whenever I take my lighter outside.

We built a garage and had a bunch of cut-offs of untreated lumber. We aren't allowed to burn building materials outside. We are supposed to throw the lumber in a landfill. I just brought it inside and burned it in the fireplace. What stupidity.

most municipalities have banned construction waste from landfills. Which is why wood mulch has proliferated in the past decade.
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Old 02-29-2012, 07:56 PM
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We burn a lot of lumber. I have carpenter friends who save their scraps for me. We use it either as kindling in the furnace or burn it in our kitchen range.

Pine makes a quick hot fire which is dandy for use with the cookstove.

My buddy puts it in these huge nylon canvas bags that are four feet by four feet and about five or six feet tall that have the tote straps on the top for moving with a forklift.

Feed mills get their concentrate in these bags and they are used only once. So, the carpentery crew fills these bags with scraps and then load two of them on my pickup for me to bring home.

Then with a chain through the loops at the corners of the bag and the loader tractor I can unload them. Throw a tarp over the top to keep them dry and they stand nicely beside the house. The bags the wood are in are waterproof so they're perfect for storage. I just take a couple buckets out and fill it with scraps. My one friend is good enough that he tries to see to it that he's already cut everything in that bag to less than sixteen inches in length because he says he'd rather see someone get some use out of it than it go in the dump.

His clean up crew is instructed they need to see to the size is right and the only thing I don't care for is sometimes I get an awful lot of sawdust but beggers can't be choosers.
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