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salem

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Posted: 10/10/20 02:44pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Many yeas ago (25?) I lined the flowerbeds with those treated 8 ft. boards from Home Depot, Lowe's or one of those. They're sort of oval shaped. for lack of a better description. They eventually got pretty rotten so I pulled them out and stacked them back behind the fence. My question is, can I cut those up and use them in the fireplace? I would think whatever they were treated with has long since dried out.

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I would not use them. At a minimum they are likely to contain heavy metals such as copper and possibly arsenic.

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The old pressure treated lumber did contain arsenic. If you burn it, do so on a windy day and stay out of the smoke. Better yet, don't burn it.


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That old, probably not a good idea. They really soaked those things down with arsenic, and it's a heavy metal, so it's unlikely to have disappeared. I wouldn't do it.


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Thanks to all of you. I'll toss them.

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“I'll toss them.” Some jurisdictions might classify those as toxic waste.


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Posted: 10/10/20 04:31pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Best for the rotted and treated lumber to go to the landfill.


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Posted: 10/10/20 05:47pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Actually years ago when pressure treated was CCA treated one of the trade magazines wrote about the danger of burning it.
The arsenic settles in the ash, not the smoke. So you get exposure when you clean out your ashes.

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Don’t burn it! Here they are considered hazardous waste and as such must be taken to a special landfill.

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If you are not into putting chemicals into the air I suggest not.

Those are the centers of logs that are left from peeling them for plywood. They cut two sides flat to crest an almost oval look. Then they go into some sort of cheap preservative.


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