I torched an old Christmas tree several years ago, and the fire that spewed forth was astonishing. Taller than the house, easily. If the smallest spark hits a semi-dry tree while indoors, kiss your house good bye.
I gathered a pile of trees years ago to put out for Crappie structure in our lake. Piled them up on the edge of our driveway and they sat there for a long time. I never got around to sinking the trees and they dried out and started shedding and making a mess. I thought I would just burn it from the edge and control the burn with hoses as needed. WRONG! :wow: That fire almost hit 40 feet in the air and twenty feet wide. Scared the **** out of me. I can tell you that a fire truck would have had a hard time with that blaze when it first started. Luckily it was over within 5 minutes. Lesson learned.
My dad tells great stories of Christmas Eve in the Bronx when he was a kid in the thirties. Many people used candles in their tree and you'd walk up and down the street to watch flaming Christmas trees being tossed out front doors of the tenements. Those who put trees anywhere else in the house besides right next to the front door weren't so lucky. HH
We love burning them up every year. It's a local tradition...some go out and compete for who can bring more back to the fire from the roadside. Last year we burned over a hundred of them.....the heat / flame was impressive.