What Can I Burn In My Fireplace

What Can I Burn In My Fireplace?

For the safety of your family and your home, it is essential to make sure you are only burning the proper wood in your home fireplace. The fireplace and chimney in your home are specifically designed to burn wood, and the best types of wood to burn are hardwoods including oak, maple, and birch. Before burning wood in the fireplace make sure it is seasoned. Seasoning means the water content of the wood is 20% or less allowing the wood to burn safely and efficiently. When wood is first to cut it usually contains 60% or more water, and it takes at least six months to one year for wood to become seasoned. Trying to burn wood that is not seasoned correctly will produce less heat and more creosote that can accumulate in the fireplace and chimney. While it may be tempting to burn other items in your fireplace, doing this can put your fireplace, home, and family in danger. If you have any questions or concerns regarding what is safe to burn in your fireplace feel free to call Chimney Sweep Minneapolis today at xxx-xxx-xxxx and speak with one of our expert staff or visit our website at www.chimneysweepminnesota.com. Below is a list of 10 items you should never burn in your fireplace:


Cardboard contains toxic chemicals that can be released into the air when burned; these chemicals put your families health at risk.

Christmas Trees

It is important never to burn your live Christmas tree in your fireplace, not only is it not seasoned properly it also contains high levels of resin. Resin burns quickly and can pop and spark leading to a dangerous chimney fire.


It is never safe to burn driftwood in your fireplace, even dry driftwood is dangerous. Driftwood can contain salt which can damage your fireplace and chimney.

Dryer Lint

While dryer lint may be an effective fire starter, it is not a safe one and should never be used to start a fire in your fireplace. Dryer lint contains toxic chemicals that release when burned and can put your family and your home at risk.

Fire Accelerants

Never use fire accelerants like kerosene, gas, or grill starter fluid to help get the fire going in your fireplace. Fire accelerants can cause the fire to reach extremely high temperatures and putting your family and home at risk.

Painted or Treated Lumber

It would be best if you never burned painted or treated lumber in your fireplace because they contain toxic chemicals that release during the burning process. These toxic chemicals are dangerous for your family to breath and can damage and corrode the chimney.

Paper With Colored Print

Paper with colored print contains noxious, corrosive, and carcinogenic gases when burned and put you and your family at risk. Examples of these papers include wrapping paper, cereal boxes, pizza boxes, and magazines.


Plastics can contain toxic chemicals including hydrochloric acid, sulfur dioxide, dioxins, and heavy metals that can be released when burned and are dangerous for the health of your family and the environment.

Plywood, Particle Board, or Chipboard

Plywood, particle board, and chipboard contain toxic fumes and carcinogens that enter the air when burned put your family at risk.

Wet Wood

Wood that is wet will not only produce less heat; it will generate more smoke which can lead to dangerous creosote building up on the inner walls of your chimney.

To make sure your family, fireplace, and home are safe. It is vital to only burn the proper materials in your fireplace. The fireplace in your home is designed to burn seasoned firewood or fire logs for a wood burning fireplace. If you choose to burn any other materials in your fireplace, you put your family and home at risk. If you are unsure of what materials are safe to burn in your fireplace or if you have burned inappropriate materials in the past and would like to have a technician come to your home and inspect your fireplace, please call Chimney Sweep Minneapolis today at (952) 234-8777 and speak with one of our expert staff. At Chimney Sweep Minneapolis we put customer safety at the top of our priority list and are willing to answer any questions you have regarding your wood burning fireplace.