Cutting up pallets for a wood stove allows for an economical and environmentally friendly way to heat your home. You can use almost any type of pallet except those made of resinous woods such as pine, which can cause oily build-up in your chimney and potentially lead to a fire. Follow these steps to recycle pallets by cutting them up for use in a wood stove.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Wood pallets
- Claw-end hammer
- Handsaw or power circular saw
- Heavy work gloves
- Safety goggles
- Measuring tape
- Wood stove
Measure the inside door opening for your wood stove. You must cut pallets into pieces that can fit into the wood stove. For example, you should cut your pallets pieces to about 22 inches long or less if the doors open to 24 inches wide. This gives you some room on either side for adding wood easily.
Use work gloves and the crowbar to pry apart the wood pallets. At this point, you can either pull the nails from the wood with the claw hammer and discard them, or hammer the nails flat against the wood to prevent injury. For faster disassembly, simply flatten the nails against the wood with a hammer, then burn the pieces with the nails still in the wood. When the fire goes out, merely sweep up the nails along with the ashes and discard.
Mark the pallet sections with a pencil in the lengths you wish to cut.
Line up 3 lengths of pallet wood extending off your workbench, then cut 3 pieces at a time with the handsaw or circular saw while wearing safety goggles. The wood cuts easily, so cutting three pieces at a time spares you the effort of stopping, bending over to pick up another piece, then repeating the cut. Let the pieces drop to the floor, then gather them up all at once.
Keep your wood away from the side of the house if you store firewood outdoors. Placing wood pallets close to the home attracts termites, mice and other pests.
Tips and warnings
- Remember, don't use pine or any other type of sticky, resinous wood in your woodstove or fireplace.
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