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Annemieke

To burn or not to burn cardboard?

I wouldn't dream of burning plastic. However, to give the fire in our Rayburn more oomph, I sometimes add bits of cardboard to it, the corrugated kind which is used for vegetable boxes and the like. First I carefully remove all plastic tapes and labels.
The reason that this cardboard heats up the fire so well is, I suppose, the glue used for the corrugation.
Am I doing wrong? Am I blowing poisons into the atmosphere? I must add that I live in the middle of the countryside, which apparently makes a difference as woodburners aren't allowed in some towns, I believe. (Is this true?)
sally_in_wales

we burn card, partly because we don't have a really good fuel supply so tend to burn anything we can when it gets really cold.
Green Rosie

I burn cardboard to help get the woodburner going or if it needs a boost when I have forgotten to feed it wood Rolling Eyes Otherwise I either recycle it or compost it/use it as mulch.
Mary-Jane

...we don't have a really good fuel supply so tend to burn anything we can when it gets really cold.


Shocked
Went

I doubt the small amount of cardboard you burn will make any difference - plastic of course is bad and I wish I could find a way of preventing the farmers around here burning it.

We use some cardboard for the compost bins but apart from that we recycle it as we have a lot of kindling for fire lighting.
alison

I doubt the small amount of cardboard you burn will make any difference - plastic of course is bad and I wish I could find a way of preventing the farmers around here burning it.


Agree

I never really thought about it, when we used to have a big bonfire every week. We just burned all of our waste, having taken out recycling. Due to major reading, quite a few years ago now, on this site, we now invest in a weekly skip bin that takes all that waste away.
sally_in_wales

...we don't have a really good fuel supply so tend to burn anything we can when it gets really cold.

Shocked

well, 'normal' burnable things, like scrap wood, pine cones, cardboard, bit of coal dug out of the garden, junkmail. Not coldcallers, bridges or dead shoes (as random examples) Laughing
Ty Gwyn

[quote="sally_in_wales:1326591"] bit of coal dug out of the garden,


How good a seam do you have,might be intertested?
sally_in_wales

[quote="Ty Gwyn:1326595"] bit of coal dug out of the garden,


How good a seam do you have,might be intertested?

just random lumps as best I can tell, never been right down to the bedrock though
henchard

If there is a less environmentally damaging way of getting rid of it than recovering the stored energy in it, as heat, I'd like to know what it is. Hairyloon

If there is a less environmentally damaging way of getting rid of it than recovering the stored energy in it, as heat, I'd like to know what it is. ]
If we're wanting to be pedantic, then I think composting beats it.
onemanband

I'll home compost brown cardboard but not glossy stuff.
Anyone know what's in glossy printed cardboard ?
My last council took cardboard in the green wheelie bin - the one that goes to the composting facility. There was no specification as to what type of cardboard and I never had glossy cardboard rejected and AFAIK nobody else did.
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