Landscaping & Design/Carrotwood trees


I have 3 Carrotwood trees in my yard that I occasionally trim.  How safe is it to use the wood out of the trees as firewood?

Hey, Carl.

It should be safe as long as you don't build a fire that's too large for your fireplace.

If you're going to burn wood, though, please make sure your chimney has spark arrestors on it.

Also, if you burn the branches, twigs, and leaves, or even mature wood with lots of sap in it, you might find that it's a stinky type of wood, so I'd probably burn it outdoors rather than indoors.

Hope that helps.


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Russel Ray


I can answer questions about water-wise landscaping, xeriscaping, and using native vegetation, cactus, and succulents to create a home paradise that won't increase your water bill.


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