After the holidays, can I burn my Christmas tree in the fireplace?

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After the holidays, can I burn my Christmas tree in the fireplace?

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Don’t burn your Christmas tree in a fireplace or wood stove.  Dry, evergreen branches literally explode when burned and could cause a house fire.  Also, burning the tree may contribute to the buildup of creosote and lead to a flue fire.

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