Question: Hedera

Can I use the wood recovered from the removal of a large hedera plant as firewood in a stove?
Thanks in advance for your reply.

Answer: Hedera

Dear Michele,
It is known that ivy is an irritating plant, because it contains a latex that can be stinging to the skin and mucous membranes; in particular, large quantities of harmful substances can be found in the berries, which are then pointed to as poisonous fruits.
As for ivy wood, it contains very limited quantities of active ingredients, especially when this wood is dried to burn it; in addition to this it is a wood that burns very well and is found with great ease in the woods.
You can safely use it in the stove, also because the fire deteriorates any harmful substances contained in the wood, which therefore does not cause any problems.
Often ivy is considered an ornamental plant, of small dimensions, and with thin stems; in the woods the ivy behaves like a parasitic plant, and climbs high trees, even for many meters, suffocating them; the result, over a few years, is that of having a dry tree, on which several meters of ivy branches develop; the trunk of a few years ivy can reach considerable dimensions, and therefore it can be used to draw large quantities of firewood. Also because usually, after some years, the dry tree yields to the weight of the ivy, which ruins the ground, and therefore becomes a source of easily harvested wood.
Usually ivies climb trees that are not entirely healthy, or in any case positioned in places where the forest is very dense and dark; for this reason ivy does a useful job for the forest, which after the felling of the tree is enriched with a bright area, where new trees can develop.