realized the other day that the reason it's so bad is they're not burning seasoned wood, just random wet/green stuff they pick up around the neighborhood
― 《Myst1kOblivi0n》 (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 22 June 2021 19:42 (seven months ago) link
just from memory of my days in problematic YMCA group the "Indian Guides"* as a kid, I remember burning random shit like leaves, paper plates, plastic, etc, and the scent is enough to make you throw up.
*how was this shit allowed to exist i mean how
― cancel culture club (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 22 June 2021 19:45 (seven months ago) link
luckily lumber is expensive enough that people won’t have many scraps to throw out because what if they were burning TREATED LUMBER
might be worth peeking to make sure and give them a fyi because burning pressure-treated lumber is just asking for death or at least arsenic poisoning
― mh, Tuesday, 22 June 2021 20:23 (seven months ago) link
We used to heat our house by wood stove in the winter as a sorta last-ditch thing after our oil furnace gave out. It became so annoying to our neighbors (after taking delivery of a cord of underseasoned wood!) that they came over to me and said "hey, we're having trouble breathing over here..." I was embarrassed, but it was enough to propel me into action on finding a different heat source.
― peace, man, Tuesday, 22 June 2021 20:44 (seven months ago) link
Wow it had never occurred to me that having a wood stove would be a hardship for one's neighbors. I mean...isn't that why chimneys have to be a certain height?? I quite like the smell of someone's fire in the cold air.
Anyway yeah a campfire on the ground is a different story. You should be able to as them to a) burn seasoned firewood, and b) possibly let you know a couple of days in and/or shoot you a text so you could close the windows? I mean, I'm a smoker who sits outside my building and I check people's windows and the wind direction before I pick a spot to light up.
― Ima Gardener (in orbit), Tuesday, 22 June 2021 21:50 (seven months ago) link