G'day I don't have ash or oak or anything like these woods I burn whatever comes my way. 2 house renovations, a church demolition, an whole advocardo tree., they all burn to supply heat. But at the end when the ovens hot I use my best hardwood supply, the real nice smelling stuff, to cook pizza and the like. If you want kiln dried. Brush every last bit of ash and coals out of your oven. Only use it if the temps below 100C and stuff it full of your wet wood. Let it cool with the door off. Anything will burn like a champ after that Regards dave
I don't see anyone suggesting pallet wood (other than me, for kindling) but in case it's a tempting source of dry and fully-seasoned wood, a cautionary tale:
I have a Kelly Kettle (volcano kettle) and usually scavenge bits of twig, leaves etc which it's designed for and it works well. Over xmas we were on the beach with family and I'd been told to produce hot chocolate for them. Anticipating a lack of burnable stuff, I split down some pallet kindling I have for the woodburner (and oven) to spills and took a handful of that.
The resulting smoke, straight up my hooter, was acrid to the point of poisonous. I don't know what they use on pallets as preservative (whatever it is, it doesn't work, they seem to become compost in no time) but resist using pallet wood in your oven.
i thought all pallets in the uk now were heat treated which are ok to use as there's no chemicals involved, i think chemically treated pallets have been banned for a few years now. every pallet should be stamped with hows its been treated for reference, HT for heat and MB if its been chemically treated. do you think it could have been the type of wood the pallet was made from giving the smoke off? maybe some resinous soft wood? just a thought. i use kiln dried 3" by 2" offcuts from work as kindling split down or old laths that we often pull out of house renovations that had been used in lath and plaster walls before the days of plasterboard, but i have used pallets before as well!
do you think it could have been the type of wood the pallet was made from giving the smoke off?
Dunno, Keith - I buy big poly sacks of kindling, probably from mixed wood sources... you may well be right: however 'natural', you wouldn't want anything resinous in your oven or up your hooter. Your post is reassuring about the chemicals.
Since moving back from France I really miss ( and appreciate ) my French wood stash! I am going to pollard most of the trees here and will be planting a load around the perimeter of my garden. My husband has strict instructions to bring back as much of my fruit and nut wood as he can get in the car!