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Name: KATHY
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Age: 30s
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Date: 1999-2001


Question:
Do you know of a receipe for soaking pinecones in a chemical mix, so the pinecones will burn in pretty colors? Catalogs offer them, and the flames are green or blue/green, and it appears that the chemical is maybe copper sulfite? Is this a project that is safe to do at home?

(I noticed in your archives that there is a question about green flames, and borax &/or copper sulfite, but that's not enough information.)


Replies:
It is not a good idea to burn pine products in your home. Pine products, due to the resin in them, burn very hot, crackle and spit a lot throwing burning particles around, and the pine tar in the combustion products coats the inside of the flue, leading to a potential fire hazard. IN SHORT, do not burn pine wood products in your fireplace or in the open or you are asking for big trouble.

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John Suermann



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