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Feb 9th 2011 11:11AM There is a lot of discussion on burning pine. Some people say,by their experience it's ok to burn pine. Sure you can burn pine,but you shouldn't. The guy who say' you only have to "keep your chimney clean". Is just plain wrong. He is as qualified to make that statement as the guy who wrote this article. Just because you have burned pine for 20 years doesn't make you an authority. bad advice. Here is an experiment you can do. make a brick fire pit in your yard. Dig a hole,and line it with clay bricks. Then burn pine in it for a few weeks. get that fire roaring hot. I quarantee in a relatively short amount of time those bricks will crack to pieces(unless you are using cerified firebrick). I can also quarantee the guy who built your fireplace used clay brick in the construction of your fireplace somewhere. Most bricklayers use clay brick in the construction of the smoke chamber. Pine burns at a significantly higher temperature than oak,walnut,or any other hardwood. Unless you are in danger of freezing to death,or have no other wood to burn don't burn any soft wood. No pine,no cedar,no spruce,NO SOFT WOODS!! I will say if you do burn soft wood,you won't experience any problems for probably years after construction,but what if the guy who owned your house before you only burned pine? A fireplace can be a wonderful part of your home,but fireplaces have a tendency to need repair after years of use,and pine or any soft wood always hastens the need for repairs. If you need to burn soft wood,make sure you have your chimney cleaned regularly. It will also be prudent to have your fireplace/chimney inspected by an experienced bricklayer mason who has specifically been trained in fireplace construction. I have seen chimneys that have had to be torn down to the ground because cracks that ran from the top of the chimney to the ground,and one fireplace that had to be completely rebuilt was only 7 years old. Poor initial construction combined with accessive burning of soft woods (pine) Caused and early demise,and a $9,000 rebuild.
Jul 8th 2010 1:46PM Some of you people are breaking my heart. I have been self employed for 10 years. There are NO unemployment benefits for me. This year I have done a combined total of $2500 of work in the masonry field. Over the last ten years I have done my best to provide work for bricklayers,and laborers. What is my reward? I had to sell my realestate investments that I spent my whole life working for. I live in the Chicagoland area,and there is 85% unemployment in the construction field here. My brother,a union bricklayer just went back to work 1 1/2 months ago,and then the heavy equipment operators,and laborers went on strike. Apparently $45 and $35 per hour isn't enough for them. Because these scum unions forced their employees to strike(the union reps forced the members to sign away their voting rights with threats of not finding them jobs)now no one is working in construction here. What am I supposed to do? 99 weeks of unemployment? Come on! I say let the country fall into a depression. I already have a spot picked out by the tracks to live. May be if Americans hood winked by this despot we call a president,we might be on our way to recovery. Oh,that's right,according to our president we are on our way to recovery. Don't piss down my back and tell me it's raining Mr. Obama. And Paul,maybe you need some eduacation in American politics. Mr. Obama called for a moritorium on drilling in the gulf. Don't tell me that he had to go thru congress to enact his job killing agenda. This once mighty nation has been brought to it's knees by his europen loving liberal policies. I say it's time to go back to isolationism. Only doing business with the world to our benefit. I am an independent voter,and I can tell you this,this marks the end of the democratic party,and this one term president.
Mar 7th 2007 12:47PM LET IT GO!!!! AOL HAS BEEN PUSHING THIS STORY FOR A WEEK. YES WE ALL KNOW THAT CEDRIC MAXWELL WAS WRONGLY IDENTIFIED AS THE TWELTH MAN ON THE CELTICS BY THE INCOMPETANT WRITER OF THIS BLOG.YES WE ALL KNOW THAT THE VOTE IS IN FAVOR OF KEEPING CEDRIC MAXWELL IN THE BOOTH. JUST LET THE STORY DIE ALREADY.IT SEEMS ANYTIME ANYONE SAYS ANYTHING REMOTELY CONCIEVED AS POLITICALLY INCORRECT,THE MEDIA HUMPS THAT DEAD HORSE TIL IT ROTS.
Mar 4th 2007 1:14PM I'M STILL NOT BUYING THE BOOK
Mar 4th 2007 12:41PM BASEBALL MOM,WHAT IN THE H#[[ ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? HOW WOULD YOU FEEL IF IT WAS YOUR SON THAT OZZIE SAID HE HATED? WHO CARES IF HE'S A CITIZEN ANYWAY? HE CERTAINLY DOESN'T MAKE ME STAND UP WITH PRIDE AND SHOUT"THANK GOD OZZIES AN AMERICAN!" IT'S JERKS LIKE HIM THAT MAKE OTHER COUNTRIES SAY AMERICANS ARE ARROGANT (I don't care about that either)
Mar 4th 2007 12:32PM IT'S FUNNY THAT THE WRITER OF THIS ARTICLE LOVES OZZIE,BECAUSE AS A LIFETIME CUB FAN,I CAN'T STAND OZZIE. EVEN THOUGH THE SOX WON THE WORLD SERIES,THE CUBS ARE STILL CHICAGOS' FAVORITE BASEBALL TEAM. OZZIE HAS DONE NOTHING TO ENDEAR US CUB FANS TO HIM OR THE SOX. FOR A HIGH PROFILE MANAGER LIKE HIM TO USE THE WORD HATE,JUST CONFIRMS CUB FANS POSITION THAT HE HAS NO CLASS. OZZIE,WHY DON'T YOU SHOW SOME CLASS,AND PUT A BRIDLE ON THAT TONGUE. THAT MOUTH IS GOING TO BE HIS UNDOING. WE CAN ONLY HOPE.
Mar 3rd 2007 8:11AM HEY YOU LIBERAL FREAKS,YOU ALL MISSED THE POINT. THIS ISN'T ABOUT THE PATRIOT ACT,IT'S ABOUT MRS.HASSELBECKS RIGHT TO HAVE AN OPINION. YOU PEOPLE MAKE ME SICK. RATHER THAN GIVING YOUR ANALYSIS OF THE DISAGREEMENT,YOU HAVE TO INTERJECT YOUR OPINION AS TO WHY ELISABETH DOESN'T HAVE A RIGHT TO THINK WHAT SHE WANTS. THAT'S WHY THE LIBERAL MINDSET IS BECOMING AN OUTDATED CONCEPT. THE TRUTH IS ROSIE HAS REPRESENTED THE ULTRA LIBERAL POINT OF VIEW,AND YOU PEOPLE EMBRACE WHAT THAT PIG THINKS. I SUPPORT YOUR RIGHT TO EMBRACE HER,YOUR RIGHT TO HAVE AN OPINION,BUT LET'S REMEMBER,ROSIE IS THE ONE WHO'S AGAINST GUN OWNERSHIP AS LONG AS SHE GETS TO OWN A GUN.SHE WAS QUOTED SAYING "WHEN I SAID I WAS AGAINST GUN OWNERSHIP,I WASN'T TALKING ABOUT ME."
Mar 2nd 2007 6:21PM HEY BIG LEAD,WHY DON'T YOU GET BACK IN THE KITCHEN AND MAKE US ALL SOME BACON AND EGGS,BECAUSE YOU OBVIOUSLY DON'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT BASKETBALL!