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I'd use them for kindling, drying fires and/or initial startup fires.....save good wood for cooking. Creosote should not be too bad since when you get to pizza temp the soot will burn off.

I burn pallet wood when I can find them for generating heat....other woods for cooking.
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I've burned a ton of two by fours and construction garbage. Slow smokey fires are what cause creasote buildup, not high-heat fast fires.
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I've burned a ton of two by fours and construction garbage. Slow smokey fires are what cause creasote buildup, not high-heat fast fires.
I know this has been discussed somewhere...

No concerns about chemicals?

So pallets and 2/4's (untreated) are fine to use?

Yeehaw -- Free firewood!
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I know this has been discussed somewhere...

No concerns about chemicals?

So pallets and 2/4's (untreated) are fine to use?

Yeehaw -- Free firewood!
Yup. Although my oven is not yet built I have used a wide variety of wood in cooking. I remember seeing a thread about wood in Pompei ovens and the consensus was that the ovens are not really fussy. It was also univerally stated that treated lumber and telepone poles should not be used. My rule of thumb.. untreated stray wood for startups, "good" wood for cooking.
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Old 02-25-2008, 10:22 AM
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I haven't had any problems with burning pine. I figgured it wasn't a woodstove so I burn pine all the time until the last few logs I throw in some hardwood.
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I use scrap building timber for the initial heat build-up. It takes longer but it is a lot cheaper. When the temp is up we use better wood.

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I've burned a ton of two by fours and construction garbage. Slow smokey fires are what cause creasote buildup, not high-heat fast fires.
I have to fight the urge to burn too much construction debris and off cuts (we have a lifetime supply). The sooty fires put out a lot of black smoke, which not only makes the vent area black -- but also really dirty to the touch.

Once the oven is cured, I'm going to grind my Artigiano opening to get back to the original brick color.
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I'm be real glad to burn them for curing fires, I hate to think they would only fill up more landfill
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RC,

I wouldn't worry about scrap for kindling and cooking fires, although it can be smokey as James points out. Some time ago, there was a thread about pallets, and the concern was that they're treated with pesticides. Looked into it. Pallets meant for repeated use with heavy materials are sometimes treated, but it they are, they're stamped (at least here in Ontario). Anything without stamps--hardwood or softwood--is fine. A friend of mine works for a siding company and regularly drops off pallets meant for lighter loads and one time use. I burn them all them time to no ill effect. You're right, all that stuff will go into a landfill somewhere otherwise.

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How is your curing process going? What are you doing with the fire at night and do you have insulation on the dome or not?
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