Posted by: lisaracz | February 1, 2010

What are you burning in your fireplace?


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Is what your burning in your fireplace environmentally acceptable? The length of winter months vary from each geological location and depending on where you live, the type of wood to burn also varies from Pine, Mesquite to man-made fire logs that is completely environment friendly to burn.

Fireplaces are romantic, they keep homes warm and have been continually used for centuries for burning wood from old fallen trees and from trees that have been cut down, but now there are man-made logs,  made from recycling old wood scraps by turning them into saw dust and then  placed through a compressing process which turns the saw dust, with their natural secretions into clean burning logs for your fire places. These logs have been around for a while.

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There are also newer man-made logs, such as Enviro-Logs that have taken an extra step in reducing land-fills by turning old cardboard boxes into burning logs. These are earth friendly logs. They aren’t just made from ordinary cardboard, they are made by recycling old (food-grade) waxed corrugated boxes or containers (WOCC) into burning logs. Enviro-Logs have been tested according to UL and ULC/ORD regulations and are even safe enough to use in wood stoves for cooking.

Wax corrugated boxes are commonly used in shipping bulk fragile items either by large organizations or individuals wishing to protect their shipping items. corrugated boxes are have corrugated flutes on one side and a flat surface on the other side.

The natural wax that is on the boxes comes from the Candelilla plant so, there’s no chemical emission when burning these logs. The Candelilla gets its name from having long straight stalks that are covered in wax that it secrets during dry seasons, giving the appearance of straw sized candles. The wax is humidity resistant making it hard for the man-made Enviro-Logs to become molded as other woods used for logs if left out in damp conditions. Also, when burning these logs, there is no dangerous popping that comes from burning chopped wood.

The Candelilla plant grows in the Chihuahuan Desert  in North America. The largest area of the desert lays across Mexico and stretches into the southeast  section of the United States covering Arizona, New Mexico and south of Texas.

So, now you have a choice between using environmentally acceptable saw dust logs, made from recycling craps of wood or using the Enviro-Log made from old wax corrugated cardboard shipping containers to minimize  the size of landfills. By using these earth friendly burning logs, you save more trees from being cut down since the materials used in these man-made logs come from already previously chopped trees.

For further information on environmental friendly logs and their materials visit,,

“It takes just a little thought and minimal research to become environmentally conscience, but once you’ve found one greener way of living that creates less harm on this planet,  it’s hard not to look for more ways to continue being green! ”

Lisa Racz – For the Environment



  1. I found another log just like Envior-Logs but it is better because you don’t have to take the log out of the wrapper. They call the log Clean Flame. I highly recomend it.

    • Jane, you do not need to take Enviro-Logs out of the wrapper to light them.

  2. Enviro-Log firelogs can also be burned inside the wrapper.

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