Just when you thought you had heard it all – from another Darwin candidate – Soaking your firewood in diesel for an easy start and longer burn. This is what NOT to put in your fireplace!
You did read that right. A homeowner actually does soak their firewood in diesel before putting it in their fireplace. Now imagine not only the regular wood smoke going up the chimney but also the black diesel smoke mixing in and coating the chimney.
We recommend using small pieces of wood or kindling at the base of the firewood. These can be lit by small amounts of newspaper or a kindling starter. We never recommend pouring any type of fluid into a firewood stack for easy lighting.
We are often asked what not to put in your fireplace. Let’s go over them again.
Large amounts of newspaper beyond just starting the kindling.
ANY type of gasoline or diesel fuel.
Cardboard or other heavy paper products.
Wrapping paper or other paper made with coatings.
Garbage (enough said here)
All of these various items can wreck havoc on your fireplace and chimney. That is why we advise folks what NOT to put in your fireplace often. The build up on the chimney plus the various burning embers can often start a chimney fire and/or tear apart the masonry inside your chimney.
What to burn in your fireplace?
So, what to put in your fireplace? Dry, clean seasoned wood. Local suppliers can deliver this type of wood. It is sold as a “cord of wood”. It is typically 4 feet by 8 feet by 4 feet when stacked. Some providers of firewood will provide more for the same price.
In conclusion, often it is not which type of wood BUT “what NOT to put in your fireplace” that will keep your family safe and your largest investment free of fire.