The Burning Incinerator

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  1. iamawriter

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    The biggest problem anyone with trees faces is disposing of dry leaves. It is an ongoing process. Apart from using leaves for mulching there still remain heaps that need attention.
    We have an incinerator that burns the dry leaves and produces ash that is a great fertilizer. Care is taken nothing else such as plastics is put in there but just dry leaves.
    The emitting smoke is high enough that does not interfere with one's breathing. The smoke also helps to kill mosquitoes.
     

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  2. Keith H.

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    Why on earth don't you just put them in the compost?!
    Keith.
     
  3. iamawriter

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    The compost pits get their share. We have several fruit trees and there is surplus that we need to clear. The incinerator comes to our aid. Since they are pure leaves the air does not get polluted and as mentioned in my post the mosquitoes get a bad deal.
     
  4. PriscillaKing

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    I leave most of the leaves on the ground for mulch, and scoop them up as needed for tinder. Of course I don't have neighbors who gripe about the leaves staying on the ground all winter...but, as tinder, when they're good and dry, leaves are more Earth-friendly than junkmail.

    (I do, however, burn junkmail. I have cooked pots of rice on junkmail alone when the weather was so damp that nothing natural would burn!)
     
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    There is no guarantee that leaves left on the ground will not get rain and when they get wet they attract mosquitoes. Burning junkmail is interesting. Is there so much that you get that you can cook rice with junkmail?:)
     
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    Strictly speaking, not junkmail alone as a regular thing, although that is the vast majority of what fills up the mailbox. Waste paper, generally, yes.
     
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    Isn't that.. bad habit? Do you live near the city? In our town, it is illegal to burn and make huge smokes.
    If a neighbor finds out, they will eventually call the public safety office or the police.
     
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    In rural Virginia it's legal to burn stuff in a barrel at any time of year, in an open fire during the wetter seasons (which are most of the year).

    I feel some enviro-guilt because I used to burn trash in an indoor stove, with a filter for the smoke, but one day I (stupidly) let a chimney fire destroy the filter and also the metal chimney liner. When I get the money I'll replace those. Meanwhile, if neighbors did object to the smoke I could legally say it's their fault for not hiring me to do more jobs and earn more money...but they're unlikely to object since they burn trash outdoors too.
     
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