just wondering if anybody burns old pallets and offcuts of 3" by 2" etc in their oven early on in the firing just to get some initial heat into the oven instead of burning the precious hardwood early on in the burn? i pretty much have an unlimited supply of all sorts of off cuts from work and old stud walls etc we rip of of houses when renovating that i can take and cut up on the chop saw. yes some of its treated but does this matter as it will have long since burn away won't it when i get to cooking? any thoughts/ concerns?
I'll use plain old untreated carcassing timber, etc, but not so keen on using treated, painted or timber with anything else on or in it, but i do use old pallets chopped up for kindling. The softwood can make things a bit more sooty, like when using it for drying out the oven, but when you add the precious hardwood, and get them up to full temps you burn that off. I will use scrap wood if i'm planning on a lower temp firing for pot cooking too. I keep the good stuff for pizzas, and anything grotty goes in the hot woodburner stove! I have to buy in most of my hardwood logs, so they are as precious as if i were throwing fivers in there! I'm building up a supply of old newspapers too now, as i have one of those briquette makers now. For the stove, of course!
yea sounds like a good set up you've got going there! i often have a fire in the oven mainly on a friday night for no other reason than i like fire! and stand round and feed her as i have a few ales! i pretty much burn anything on these occasions! ive got one going now as i'm firing for pizza tomorrow and just wanted to get a bit of heat through the oven! talking of briquettes i can get those too from the brother in law who runs a kitchen firm there mainly hard wood but also mdf in too. however sometimes if they run a lot of wood through they can fill the hopper with just the good stuff so i'm going to try those next time too i believe they burn rather hot!
We burn the mdf furniture but once again on the chimineas! It's free fodder for the fire around here! Once a month or so they have encombrants day ( might not have spelt that right!) so if on the way back from an outing we spot anything wood , it comes home and gets chopped up as fire starter for the log burner or the flat pack stuff just gets snapped into oblongs for the chiminea! At least we are saving on landfill!