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What happens to heat energy when wood burns?

In the case of burning wood, stored potential energy (in the form of chemical energy) in the log is released due to heating by other excited atoms. This chemical reaction is called combustion and requires oxygen. Combustion changes the potential chemical energy into kinetic energy in the form of heat.

What kind of change occurs in the wood when it burns and releases heat?

Burning wood is an exothermic reaction which turns the chemical potential energy stored in the cellulose into heat energy (and light). The most notable changes are the release of heat to the surroundings and the breakdown of the wood to form water vapor and carbon dioxide.

Is burning pallets toxic?

pallets. Generally, pallets are safe to burn in fireplaces, although those that are treated with the fumigant methyl bromide (labeled with the initials MB) are unsafe to burn. Aside from these concerns, pallets produce a hot flame because they’re usually very dry and their segments are thin.

Should I cover wood pile?

Should you cover a woodpile? Above: If a wood stack is out in the open then it can be protected from rain with a tarpaulin or some other cover but this should never come down over the side of the pile because it would trap moisture, as well as potentially causing mold and rot.

What is the best way to stack firewood?

The best way to stack firewood is on top of a dry platform or raised off the ground, with the cut ends of the logs facing outwards and open to the atmosphere, while ensuring that the logs aren’t packed together too tightly and have sufficient cover if the stack will be subject to rain or snow.

Should you stack firewood bark up or down?

If split wood is stored outdoors, stacking it with the bark side down can allow water to collect in the u-shaped trough. Stacking it outdoors with the bark-side-up, on the other hand, can help protect the pile of wood below from rain and other weather.

How long does wood have to sit before burning?

six months

Is it OK to stack firewood on the ground?

Is it OK to stack firewood on the ground? It is not recommended that you stack firewood on the ground. When you stack your wood on the ground moisture from the ground can enter into the wood and it would not dry properly. Also, if you stack your firewood on the ground it will turn into a perfect home for termites.

How far off the ground should firewood be stored?

five feet