Many New Hampshire residents are staying warm this winter season by loading up their fireplace with the wood they’ve spent all season cutting, and hoping it lasts long enough to burn away the winter blues. While having a fireplace is a great way to keep your home warm during the winter season, do you know what items are safe to burn? Or better yet, what items you shouldn’t burn in your fireplace? This may seem like a very simple question for some, but for others, throwing some of the wood you’ve cut down from the woods is sufficient enough. Unfortunately, there are many types of wood that are not recommended to be burned in a fireplace, as well as other everyday items such as plastic and newspapers, as these items may cause a chimney fire or result in toxic fumes. So, before you toss the sports section of the newspaper portraying a loss for your favorite team or family photo of everyone wearing matching holiday sweaters into the fireplace, review the below guidelines on what is and isn’t recommended for you to burn.
Have you ever contemplated on throwing that empty marshmallow bag into the fireplace after roasting marshmallows with your family on a cold winter night? Or the wrapping paper from a birthday party or holiday gathering? If so, you are like many other fireplace owners who are unsure of what they can and cannot burn. To avoid any harmful impacts, it is recommended to avoid burning:
Along with everyday items that should not make their way to your fireplace, there are also numerous types of wood that are not recommended to be burned such as:
Visit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for a more comprehensive list on what items are not safe to burn.
With all the things you can’t burn in your fireplace, I am sure you are wondering what you can burn. According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America, the types of wood that you can burn in your fireplace are:
Visit the Chimney Safety Institute of America to learn more about the types of wood that are recommended to burn.
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Written by: K. Gnatowski