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Burning laurel
« on: April 16, 2022, 05:05:26 PM »
Anyone have the lowdown on burning laurel? 

I've heard that burning laurel releases a toxin.  
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Re: Burning laurel
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2022, 05:42:17 PM »
I remember being told by some smart person not to stand in the smoke of any burning heath. Since then I talked to an old forester, his daughter and husband are here for the weekend. I brought that up with him and he laughed. Turns out Dr Grabow pipes at one time looked into using rhododendron for pipes, apparently very similar qualities to briarwood. I can't say for certain but I believe it is a wives tale.
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Re: Burning laurel
« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2022, 05:04:05 AM »
When I was about 14, on a camping/hiking trip in SW Virginia, we built a big campfire and burned what we could find, including mountain laurel/rhododendron. The next day and for days afterwards, my face looked like it had been washed in poison ivy oil. But I was the only one in the group who reacted to it.

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