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Fireplace Logs
Fire logs were first created in the 1960s by two companies trying to find a way of disposing of sawdust waste. By combining industrial byproducts, petroleum wax, and sawdust, these substances are rolled into a log shape to finish off the fire log. You will find this type of log located in grocery stores, convenient stores, retail chain stores, and fireplace stores, all wrapped neatly in paper that acts like kindling. This type of log offers a safe, environmentally friendly alternative to real wood or natural gas logs.

With the fireplace log, you simply place it on the grate in your fireplace or in the stove, and light it much as you would a candle. The sawdust is like a wick and the petroleum wax helps to fuel the fire. This type of fire offers a consistent burn with little cleanup. In addition, the flame produced is pretty and provides a variety of colors. Since this log was first produced, the demand has exploded. In fact, today, more than 90 million fire logs are sold every year.

If you live in a city that is conscientious about reducing emissions from fireplaces, the fire log is a great choice in that it burns so clean. Recent studies have shown that fire logs produce almost 70% less particulate matter, more than 85% less carbon monoxide, and 50% less visible smoke.

When it comes to safety, the fire log is a great choice. As real wood burns, it creates sparks and embers that pop and can land in your room. Fire logs burned in a more controlled manner eliminating popping sparks. Although all fires should be monitored, fires using a fire log do not have to be monitored as closely. Additionally, the fire log is UL classified for masonry and metal fireplaces, meaning they can be burned in all types of open-hearth fireplaces. Finally, the fire log produces more than 75% less creosote accumulation in chimneys, thus reducing the potential for fire.

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