Pine Cone Burning
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.)
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.
A public service announcement.
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