Country Living
Country Living, Country Skills
Country People - A Country Living Resource and Community
Message Board
Country Topics
Trading Post
Memory Lane
Country Skills
Country Cooking

The Kitchen

Photo Gallery
Vintage Photos
Special Collections

Country Humor
Country Sounds
Coloring Book
Interactive Story

Farm Tractors
Tractor Parts
Tractor Manuals

Classic Trucks
Antique Tractors
Modern Tractors
Site Map
Links Page
Contact Us

Country Discussion Topics
To add your comments to this topic, click on one of the 'Reply' links below.

Trash Burning
[Return to Topics]

Gunner    Posted 11-30-2004 at 19:02:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
Anyone have a neighbor that burns stuff that stinks up the whole valley? This aint slash n burn, but about every other weekday night burns something that smells extremly toxic (yes, I boil plastic on the stove to make my own worms but this is much XK worse) and also smells sweet-

Who do you call?

Mike Taylor    Posted 12-01-2004 at 07:59:15       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Back when I was in the 3rd or 4th grade they let us out of class one day to see a whiskey still. About 200 yards up the hill the cops had raided a place and tumped 8 or 10 barrels of mash over. It ran down the hill a ways and stunk for months! I still remember the sweet smell.

screaminghollow    Posted 12-01-2004 at 07:40:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
my wife was complaining about the smell from a place yesterday, she actually had to pull over and use her inhaler. The fella was burning a pile of carcasses from muskrats, raccoons, foxes etc. He's a fur buyer and he skins out the animals trappers bring to him and has to get rid of the carcasses. I thought at least he'd have to use an animal incinerator like poultry farmers. I heard from other folks that the smoke was so foul and hovered over the highway that a few folks got sick in the stomache from it.

We do have a smoke ordinance in this area, but the guy who enforces has a full time job 40 miles away in Maryland and is never available when needed, so there might as well not be a law.

We have a neighbor who burns alot of plastic trash. Sometimes the stuff smoulders for a day and a half. That is pretty nasty. But not as nasty as when the wind is just right and we get the smell of the pulp mill in Spring Grove Pa, some thirty miles away.

I suppose I am paying for all those years when I lived a few miles downwind of the Hershey Chocolate plant. That was heavenly.

Fawteen    Posted 12-01-2004 at 05:58:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
Meth cookers and general dopers aside, outside burning without a case-by-case permit from the fire department is illegal in Maine. Only exception is campfires in a licensed camping area with prepared fire pits and even that is shut off when the Forest Service gets nervous.

We bust 2-3 people every year for driftwood fires on the shore. No burning yer paper trash in a barrel or anything.

Considering the amount of slash in the woods from tree harvesting, I fully support this policy. If we EVER get a wildland fire going around here, we'll be a month putting it out, if not longer.

Quint    Posted 12-01-2004 at 23:51:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
Seriously? I live in rural MO and I burn all of my trash except for metal. We always have and so does about everyone else around here I know of. If it gets tinder dry or something we might hold off until after a rain but normally I do it every week. I can burn a weeks worth of garbage in an hour or less with no particularly offending smoke. The burning barrel sits near the wood pile so I usually sit and split kindling or something while I tend the fire and wait for it to burn down. Actually, some of my most pleasurable times are spent of an evening tending the burning barrel.

If the state or county tried something like that around here it would either be ignored or people would march on the statehouse or county courthouse with boiled rope and tar and feathers.

bulldinkie    Posted 12-01-2004 at 05:32:10       [Reply]  [Send Email]
No one will help you....I had a neighbor who would come out 2 in the morning to burn.Imagine like the burbs.Everybodys in bed hed come out burn.I would wake smelling smoke,fire glowing on my bedroom wall.If we had company, out hed come to burn.His house sat like a step behind ours next door when he burned it came accross yard in my windows.One night about 2 it was like 100 degrees all week ,dog days he burned .The house filled up with smoke my husband and one child had asthma.We went out and told him its comming in the house we cant breathe.Oh well he said he has a right to burn.I called everybody.No one would help.The township said get a petition from neighbors .It didnt go by anyone elses property It went down hill we lived next to pine tree we finally moved.I think it should be stopped..

Quint    Posted 11-30-2004 at 21:32:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sounds like you may have a bunch of tweakers cookin' up a batch in the barn. Nasty stuff meth. The by products are pretty toxic and dang dangerous if you happen to stumble across them and don't know how to handle them. Those making it are usually an unsavory lot to say the least and are probably more dangerous than the byproducts. Chronic meth use makes for one unstable individual. If they are stinking up the neighborhood you might wanna give the sheriff a call before stuff on your property starts walking off on its own. Or you could just wait for the lab to explode. That happens pretty regularly when someone tries to whip up a batch in the basement when they haven't slept for 3 weeks.

I've been told the more professional chemists who manufacture methamphetamines (and other illicit pharmaceuticals) take great pride in the quality and purity of their product. The local run of the mill meth cooks make impure, highly toxic crap which rots their brains in rapid fashion. The professionals who take pride in their craft go to great lengths to run their cooking fumes through elaborate charcoal scrubber systems so that one could be operating next door and you would never know it. Not so much for your benefit but they would rather not go to federal prison for 25 to life.

Anyway, drop a dime if you feel the need but keep your anonymity. Never know who might be dirty in the local law enforcement agencies.

James(Ga)    Posted 11-30-2004 at 20:31:06       [Reply]  [No Email]

Gunner, It was in our paper last week signs to watch for and a sweet smell was one of them also a lot of trafic in and out mostly at night and weekends. Be careful and let the sherrifs dept check it out and dont give your name.No telling what they might do to you or your home. Dont mean to schake you up but with all those chemicals they use if its a meth lab it can be dangerus for your and familys health. James

deadcarp    Posted 11-30-2004 at 19:19:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
any chance they could be cooking methamphetamines? the old stuff used to smell like cat pee, but the stuff they make from horse medicine(like in a mineral block) has a sweeter smell. our guys had to re-train their sniffer dogs to alert to that too.

Gunner    Posted 11-30-2004 at 19:36:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
What guys had the sniffer dogs? Who would you call?

deadcarp    Posted 11-30-2004 at 22:07:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
the sheriff's department either has sniffer dogs or has access to them. myself, i'd make it clear to them that we elected the sheriff and are willing to try him out. we'll be happy to follow up, photograph, write letters to local editors and even elect another one if we perceive any hesitancy whatsoever toward drug interdiction on their part. and i'd make sure they knew that we are part of the 40 MILLION fed up american grandparents who fully intend to tip, report, harass, videotape, pursue and testify against anybody who has chosen to become associated with meth, and that we will not hesitate to take any means necessary to protect our grandkids, we intend to take our country back by any means necessay and run the meth labs clear back into the nearest large body of water. there ya meth-headed yahoos, now turn a profit in our county! :)

test    Posted 12-02-2004 at 21:11:12       [Reply]  [No Email]

KatG    Posted 11-30-2004 at 19:08:49       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Do you have onr of those tip lines to the cops where you don't have to give you name???
If you are in ARK it might be Meth but here that it smells like menthol...If you feel real brave go talk to the neighbor yourself...Personally I never got that brave...Best of luck...KAtG

Gunner    Posted 11-30-2004 at 19:23:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't know what Menthol smells like - But this guys place was raided by just about the entire US armed forces a year back and yes, he was arrested and sentenced.
Ugg, this stinks, and yes, I do own a K-bar ;)
Really just looking for why he can burn stuff that is toxic. If it is or not, do they have tests to tell?

test    Posted 12-02-2004 at 20:55:12       [Reply]  [No Email]

mark/mn    Posted 11-30-2004 at 20:11:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
call the county sheriffs office and ask for a
deputy to come have a sniff or ask them for the
DEA office number and have them come give
a sniff.

In the offhand chance they are running a lab I
wouldn't go stumbling around to have a talk
with them. Goodness only knows what kind of
toxic cesspool you might step in or even booby
traps placed around.

[Return to Topics]

[Home] [Search]

Copyright © 1999-2013
All Rights Reserved
A Country Living Resource and Community