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  • blue gum suitable?

    is blue gum ok to use in WFO?

    search only returns 1 mention of this type of wood

    also while i'm here asking, what do i want to avoid at all cost when looking for firewood that could mess up my oven

  • #2
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    Gudday
    Blue gums alright. As most Australian wood is Only woods that I Never Use is Silky Oak even the sawdust is dangerous much less burning it . I tend not to use swamp woods either.
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      Originally posted by cobblerdave View Post
      Gudday
      Blue gums alright. As most Australian wood is Only woods that I Never Use is Silky Oak even the sawdust is dangerous much less burning it . I tend not to use swamp woods either.
      Regards dave
      Im not sure if the irritant dust of some species if a concern when burning the timber?
      Blackwood (Acacia melanoxylon)is another irritant.
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      • #4
        Re: blue gum suitable?

        Most Australian timber is fine. Fine sawdust from anything will cause irritation and I was always told to avoid Black Bean as the dust was carcinogenic. That may or may not be right but there is local lore wherever you go.

        The attached link has a table at the bottom that shows some timbers and the effects of various parts of them. It is a Tasmanian site but many of the timbers mentioned are widespread. Worth a look.

        http://www.tastimber.tas.gov.au/spec...rialSafety.pdf
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          Re: blue gum suitable?

          thanks everyone for posting the info

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            Originally posted by Greenman View Post

            The attached link has a table at the bottom that shows some timbers and the effects of various parts of them. It is a Tasmanian site but many of the timbers mentioned are widespread. Worth a look.
            Its a fairly vague list, ie, eucalyptus? Considering there are around 500 different types of euc.....
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              Originally posted by brickie in oz View Post
              Im not sure if the irritant dust of some species if a concern when burning the timber?
              Blackwood (Acacia melanoxylon)is another irritant.
              Pretty sure grevillia have cyanide in them.

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                Re: blue gum suitable?

                I knew there was a list out there somewhere, I searched for it last night but couldnt find it, here it is.

                http://www.ubeaut.com.au/woodstuf.htm
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                  Originally posted by TropicalCoasting View Post
                  Pretty sure grevillia have cyanide in them.
                  Great topic I must say....

                  It appears its just the flowers that are toxic.
                  Grevillea - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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                  • #10
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                    It doesn't matter where we go or what we do there is something lurking out there just waiting to inflict a pitiful slow painful excruciating malaise up on us.
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                      Originally posted by Greenman View Post
                      It doesn't matter where we go or what we do there is something lurking out there just waiting to inflict a pitiful slow painful excruciating malaise up on us.
                      Whats out there lurking, is just trying to survive and doesn't give a good Hot Damn about mankind!

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                        Originally posted buy Greenman: It doesn't matter where we go or what we do there is something lurking out there just waiting to inflict a pitiful slow painful excruciating malaise up on us.
                        Originally posted by Laurentius View Post
                        Whats out there lurking, is just trying to survive and doesn't give a good Hot Damn about mankind!
                        And the older you get, the less you have to worry about the slow part .
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                        • #13
                          Re: blue gum suitable?

                          I think you will find all gums are suitable.

                          Before our time the natives of the land used to all sort of gum for cooking.

                          Probably best to steer clear of old timber light poles as they are treated with arsenic! still have seen people loaded up with them for fire wood at home!

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                          • #14
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                            Gudday
                            Aren't we a cheery lot ... Killer Grevillea , and I will never lick another lamp post again....
                            Seriously what can you burn in the WFO ..., anything except treated wood ,lamp posts and grevillea.... After that its open slather.
                            I save the best of my wood for the end of the burn or for when I have fire in the oven cooking. Till then as long as its seasoned it all heat into the refractory as far as I'm concerned . Radiate pine , palm fronds, garden limbs , tree falls , bamboo, the remains from the neighbors renovation and a church demolition have all been burnt to WFO gods. I never bother with "store bought" timber you always have to split it into smaller bits anyway as you don't need logs only wrist thick pieces....max!
                            Anyway a little commons sense and you'll find a safe source of timber locally
                            Regards dave
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