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magnet

firewood off the beach

i have justpulled 2 pickup loads of wood off our local beach, it all came down the river due to flooding, its all cut and stacked now ready for the frosts gives you a reet glow when its all for free ........Magnet
bodger

You can't beat it. We live by the sea but can't use drift wood off the beach, because of the damage the salt would do to our cast iron stove.
Lorrainelovesplants

cant you leave it out in the rain to wash the salt off?
Border

Lorrainelovesplants wrote:
cant you leave it out in the rain to wash the salt off?


No, the salt water will have soaked into the wood, and after drying,  the salt will be left in the wood, as Bodger says driftwood is not good fuel for soild fuel burners.
sod

Great job     as others have said we can't use as have log burner and coal range  If you could get it from the river banks on way down it would be ok we used to do that.
Christine

Ah the days of living by a beach where the sea washed in sea coal and a lot of wood came from gardening work.
welshboy

[quote="bodger:282147"]You can't beat it. We live by the sea but can't use drift wood off the beach, because of the damage the salt would do to our cast iron stove.[/quote
Just asking-
Does it make a difference if you burn on a bed of sand topped by some ash compared with a raised bed on a grate like multi fuel stoves.
I burned some for 2 winters ok on the sand/ash bed
bodger

I can't see why it would make a difference but then I'm no expert. I know that some stoves that come with guarentees specially mention that any guarentee is void if you burn driftwood.
magnet

salty firewood

The salt content of wood being damaging to woodburners is news to me, by pure chance we are burning it in an openfire having this year moved out of the room with the stove in. Thanks for the heads up........Magnet
Border

I also live 3 km for the beach, and have been using a wood stoves and wood boilers for 20 odd years and have never used driftwood for the negitive effects  it has on the stove/ boiler and chimney.

Have a look here Magnet.

http://housewares.about.com/od/heatingproducts/qt/Whatnottoburn.htm
bodger

We collect driftwood and burn it outside in the summer when we sit out with a drink, friends and family. Needless to say, we didn't burn much this year.
12Bore

bodger wrote:
We collect driftwood and burn it outside in the summer when we sit out with a drink, friends and family. Needless to say, we didn't burn much this year.

You'd have been better off building a raft with it this year!
Hawkeye

we burn driftwood in the brick oven.

Years ago my mother used to go down to the beach most days  and fill a bag with driftwood for the fire.  
Rick & Carol

well i've learned something - no driftwood for me, quite good timing really I could have ended up with my logstore chokka with it.

I'll carry on with the pallets
ewal

Firewood

I used to buy 50 bags every summer (the ones that have sand & gravel in) at 3 per bag this lasted a year. 6 years ago they stopped sawing & bought the wood for fence panels ready cut. I got the off cuts for free up to a year ago when he retired. I've got 2 years wood left & am now sawing pallets etc, I even burn roofing felt.
magnet

sea coal

Another combustable off the beach. The beach in this film is just along the road from me.......Magnet



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0...XLwmuZUtLCKH64Bw0atg&index=28
sod

Thanks for that very interesting loved watching it. Great stuff if you can get it yourself  
magnet

seacoal

sod wrote:
Thanks for that very interesting loved watching it. Great stuff if you can get it yourself

Yes i collect it but not on the same scale as those boys. The stuff i get is about the size of broken car windscreen glass, i made a finer grate for my stove  so i could burn it. i have an auger feed for my stove in my head at present, but the regular size of this coal would lend its self to this who knows one day
In the mean time after a big sea there is still loads of coal on the beach and its all for nowt ..........Magnet
sod

Thays my price too Some people here buy pea coal for just that reason to feed their fires/central heating, glass houses  but it is expensive  

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