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Old 12-11-2007, 06:03 PM
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Default What fire wood should I not use?

I have been reading the thread about the good kinds of fire wood people use in their WFO. Is there a bad kind of wood that should not be used?

I have been helping my buddy gather fire wood in Michigan. There is alot of wood from trees that died and fell down. Alot of the time the city came by and cut them up in smaller logs. They are nice and dry already. I am not sure what kind of trees they are. That is one nice thing about Michigan, there are alot of trees. Easy pickings. The best thing is they are free. They are all hard wood. deciduous trees.

That is why I am asking the question. Is there a tree that you should not burn?

I can drive down the road and fill a trailer with wood if I wanted to. In the city.

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Old 12-11-2007, 08:37 PM
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I burn pretty much any type of wood in my oven, I usually burn the first hour or so with scrap 2X4's left over from my job as a builder. I prefer to use hardwood for the later burn in order to controll the heat better, and pine tends to pop and throw charcoal all over the food.
P.S. Im in Rockford MI, where in michigan are you?
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Oh, and to answer your question, don't use treated wood.
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Old 12-11-2007, 09:25 PM
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I have known people to have advers reactions to Walnut logs smoke, something about the oils in the wood. The usual Michigan trees (burch, oak, maple, any fruitwood, ash) should all burn well
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Old 12-12-2007, 08:36 AM
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Default Re: What fire wood should I not use?

edschmidt, Dearborn Mi. Do you have an WBO?
Speaking of dead dry trees. I was taking my kids to school this morning when there was a whole dead tree right in the middle of the road. Time to start my buddies oven. The whole tree was right in the middle of the road.
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Old 12-12-2007, 04:19 PM
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Default Re: What fire wood should I not use?

I have a 36" diameter WFO
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Old 01-05-2008, 06:58 PM
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I'd recomend against using rubber tree wood. Here in Thailand there is tons of rubber wood available. I tried it but it gives off a rubbery odour and black smoke. I am using eucaliptus and mango.
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Old 01-06-2008, 12:57 PM
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For a reason I haven't fathomed , the instructions I received from Mugnaini recommended using only hardwoods and warned specifically against Poplar, Birch, and Pine. Friends of mine with AS ovens burn any kind of natural wood they like. I have two questions: Are the Forno Bravo refractory ovens made in Italy made of a similar material to the Mugnaini ovens? Second, does Forno Bravo have similar warnings against burning certain types of woods in their refractory ovens?
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Old 01-06-2008, 02:21 PM
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Default Re: What fire wood should I not use?

Out of curiosity, I went to look at the Mugnaini page to see what their ovens are made of. This is what they say:

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Cotto Refrattario is Tuscan "refractory terra-cotta clay". For superior thermal efficiency, the Mugnaini ovens are made of 100% naturally quarried cotto refrattario.
This is good, because they seem to be made of fired refractory ceramic. They specifically say they are 40% alumina content, the same as low-duty firebrick. The curious thing is the phrase "100% naturally quarried" - to my best knowledge the alumina content of firebrick is a by-product of making bauxite into aluminum, and didn't exist in any quantity before the invention of electricity. Maybe the bauxite is so quarried.

But to answer the question: Poplar and birch ARE hardwoods, just not very dense ones. It will take more of those woods to fire an oven, but they will work just fine. Pine is a different story. It is so resinous that smoke from it can clog chimneys, and cause flue fires when used in a wood stove, which uses a constricted oxygen smoldering fire to keep going long periods of time. I don't think this would be a problem in an oven, which uses a hotly burning fire at all times. It might leave a slight turpentine taste in the food, I don't know. I tend to use pine (in the form of scrap lumber) just to get the fire going, and use hardwood logs later.

If fir, pine or spruce were an absolute prohibition for ovens, they couldn't be used in places like Colorodo, places where ALL the firewood is pine.

The one thing I don't know is how thick the Mugnaini ovens are. The FB ovens are about 2 inches thick. If your oven was much thinner there might be a question of thermal shock.
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I agree. Unless the pine is very well seasoned, I wouldn't use it.
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