What can I burn in my wood burning stove?

It’s called a “wood” burning stove for a reason!  The only thing to burn in your stove is: wood!  Yes, use a few wads of newspaper to get kindling going from a cold start, but never burn the following in your wood stove:

  1. pressure treated lumber
  2. particleboard
  3. plywood or chipboard
  4. wood with nails or screws
  5. dryer lint
  6. driftwood
  7. painted lumber
  8. garbage, or trash
  9. Christmas trees or pine boughs
  10. plastics
  11. cardboard or paper with colored print
  12. any cordwood that has not been properly seasoned

The species of wood isn’t nearly as important as ensuring the wood is dry.  Cut it, split it, stack it, protect it from rain and snow, and leave it for a year!  Use a moisture meter to make sure the wood has <25% moisture content.

Below is a list of fireplace and grill stores that service Virginia (VA)

Mechanicsville, VA

Hearth & Home Shoppe
8151 Mechanicsville Tpk
Mechanicsville, VA 23111

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Roanoke, VA

Dixie Building Products Inc.
3342 Melrose Ave NW
Roanoke, VA 24017


For more information, contact your local fireplace and grill store..

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