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
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