With the freezing temperatures of winter upon us, we no doubt make effective use of our fireplaces or wood burners if we have them. A good question we should ask ourselves though, is can we burn any kind of wood in our fires? Is there any harm if we do?

There is often an inclination to burn anything we have on hand in an effort to keep the fire going. But, if we do not use suitable, safe, dried softwoods in our fires, we could end up putting our household’s health at risk. Harmful fumes can be released by burning the wrong kind of wood, this in turn can affect anyone exposed to such fumes.

Do not burn things like pressure treated woods, plywood, painted wood, or even driftwood. Wooden pallets (as long as they don’t fall under the above-mentioned types) and fallen tree limbs are some examples of wood that can be burnt.

Trash, is not always a good idea to use. Things likes wrappers and dryer lint are some examples of what not to burn.

In conclusion, while there’s nothing better on a cold day than a roaring fire, be careful to use only the right kind of fuel to ensure no one is put in harm’s way.