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I have several oak limbs with a massive amount of mistletoe. When burning it is a beautiful blue/green flame. I know that mistletoe is poisonous, should I be concerned with the smoke from the burning mistletoe? I know that burning some poisonous plants is harmful.


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That appears to be uncertain. Obviously, there are chemicals released from burning mistletoe as one can see implied from the following "uses." It is not clear how smoke can ever be "good," so I would recommend avoiding it.

http://recipes.box.sk/newsread.php?newsid=479

http://books.google.com/books?id=4fYHi-Eyyt4C&pg=PA121&lpg=PA121&dq=smoke+from+burning+mistletoe&source=web&ots=wOS2D-Ux9E&sig=mmWpveHC7vC0cmmYO1O1mlvJWCs&hl=en&ei=8rOSSbrQB5jAtgeI67DYCw&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=1&ct=result

Anthony Brach Ph.D.



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