Why Not to Put Leaves in a Firepile

Several members of my church, including Amanda and me, have been pruning and clipping on our church grounds over several weeks, and we had built up a nice big pile that needed to be burned. I torched it this morning when the wind was down so there was less risk of losing control of it when it was hot.

Everything burned nicely, except a pile of leaves in the corner of the pile. The leaves had sat out in several soaking rains and had soaked up moisture like a big sponge. Decided to shoot this video to share with others why it’s a bad idea to put leaves in a long-term firepile.

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