Great ideas, Toni, but I think that a lot of people aren't aware of the detrimental health effects of woodsmoke. Woodsmoke is bad for EVERYBODY to breathe, but particularly bad for children, seniors, and anyone who suffers from COPD, asthma, or other breathing problems.
I would encourage everyone who burns wood to spend some time researching this issue before they light another fire; try "woodsmoke health" or "woodsmoke children" as Google searches. Here, for example, is the EPA's advice: http://www.epa.gov/burnwise/healtheffects.html
It would be wonderful if gardeners (most of whom, I'm sure, are savvy about environmental issues) would spread the word about this issue.
Happy New Year to all, and breathe easy!
I'd also like to add to what Honeyberry says, but from a different point of view. Burning ANY kind of resinous wood in your fireplace can add significantly to the accumulation of soot in your chimney. Soot is carbon and unburned tar, etc. And a chimney fire is NOT something to laugh about. Burn your pine (if you must) in an outdoor burn pit, and stick to seasoned hardwood for your fireplace, and get your chimney swept/cleaned/inspected by a licensed professional yearly.
Better yet, mulch it, chip it and/or allow it to rot naturally.
You can also check to see if local zoos or animal parks can use the dried tree for entertainment for their animals. Follow their instructions as to how they want the tree, and provide some fun and stimulation for zoo animals.
Happy New Year!
Thanks to both of you for excellent additional information. Yes, I've seen that discarded Christmas trees were given to zoo elephants. It was funny to watch them play with their food before they ate it!