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Old 05-02-2008, 10:04 AM
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I am able to warm up my oven to pizza temp using less than one scrap pallet for wood. One or two pallet pieces at a time for a slow steady warm up, then rake over the coals for one or two pieces of good fire wood and it's pizza time!

my own cheap thrill....
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Old 05-02-2008, 10:41 PM
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and gets rid of those 'falling to pieces' palettes. They are mainly hardwood over here but the pinus softwood ones are becoming more of the replacement pallettes. A second cousin of mine has a contract to make over a million a year at his timber mill using pinus radiata.
How do you get on with those that have heaps of flaking paint on them? Do you burn them as well?


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Old 05-02-2008, 10:53 PM
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No paint on pallets here.

P. Radiata sounds like a good use of an invasive species in your part of the wolrd. Just goes to show you the negative effects of transplanting non-native species in a new environement:

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Yeah I tried a pallet I "found" outside a building site. Distaster!

They appear to have been painting them with diesel or something because as I added the first piece to my raging fire THICK black smoke began pouring out.

I'll stick to split logs.
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Old 05-03-2008, 05:36 AM
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Sound like it needed some injector cleaner put on it. Maybe it would burn cleaner.
I have seen a truck tyre burn fiercely when freshly cut walnut tree branches, dripping with white sap, were put onto it without any smoke what so ever.

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Old 05-03-2008, 05:52 PM
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I've sworn off bad wood. I burned some damp pine and it put out so much black soot that I had to grind my stone arch to get it back to white before I sealed it.

Never again.

I guess there is a T-shirt out there somewhere that says Live's Too Short for Bad Wood.

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Old 05-03-2008, 05:55 PM
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Injector cleaner?
Crikey you're a ratbag Neil.
Luddite Jeff.
(Oh! You were serious - I'm so sorry.......).
btw Neil have just had the 3L Rodeo chipped and gassed: Tres bon.(Strewth, I hope that translates as 'very good', or I could be in strife I reckon). J.
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Old 05-03-2008, 06:05 PM
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G'day James,
I guess I was a tad slow to sequence behind Nissanneill.
I'm afraid I've given up on appearances. My doors don't seal, and smoke a bit of tucker. The result is a wickedly stained arch.
Less smoking and more baking may benefit both the oven AND the body.
Cheers Boss. (Oh and I just love the images of your setup: amazing what you blokes get up to.)
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Old 05-03-2008, 09:05 PM
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What was this thread about? Oh yeah, a single pallet to fire an oven. Not at my house. Probably two! Maybe I'll try it and see. I cut up a pallet a couple of months ago. (what a pain in the rear!) I might try in the future to see what happens.
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Old 05-03-2008, 09:11 PM
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Never seen painted pallets or those saturated with diesel or other combustible. I know for a fact many pallets are treated with pesticides and mildewcides and wood preservatives. Pallet recycling has become quite a big business, many industries actually charge you a fee for not returning them, they want them back....Sod farms here in FL are big on that. When I resoded my lawn, the sod farm offered me a $25 per pallet rebate to return the 8 pallets my sod came on (basically making one pallet of sod "free"); just called them up after the instalation and when a truck was in the area the next week they stopped and picked them up.
All that being said, I won't burn pallets unless I am CERTAIN they have not been treated with something, unless you know the mill they came from you can't be certain.

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