What happens chemically when wood burns?

When wood gets hot enough — such as when lightning hits or a log is tossed on an already burning fire — those bonds break. The process, called pyrolysis, releases atoms and energy. Unbound atoms form a hot gas, mingling with oxygen atoms in the air.

What energy does a burning fire produce?

Combustion changes the potential chemical energy into kinetic energy in the form of heat.

What does fire symbolize?

“Fire represents many things to many people and cultures. It is recognized as a purifier, a destroyer and as the generative power of life, energy and change. It represents illumination and enlightenment, destruction and renewal, spirituality and damnation” (Varner).

What are fire stages?

Compartment fire development can be described as being comprised of four stages: incipient, growth, fully developed and decay (see Figure 1).

What kind of wood burns black smoke?

A pine would be considered both soft and oily. Resinous woods also create thick black smoke which can dirty your interior or glass if burning inside. Once clouded, cleaning the glass can be more difficult. Resinous woods also creates a potential safety hazard in your home.

What burns the most when smoking?

The more intense the fire, the more complete the combustion process and a bigger percent of the smoke will be carbon dioxide and water vapor.

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How do you burn wood without smoke?

Therefore, to help start fires in your fireplace without smoke:

  1. Burn firewood that is under 20% moisture content;
  2. That has either been seasoned or kiln dried, and;
  3. Use a moisture meter to check all of your logs before using them in your fires.

What is the best defense against fire?

As always, the best defense against a fire is to be prepared. Take a moment to look at your fire extinguisher.

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