The glow of a fire in the fireplace brings a smile to my face. It’s comforting and mesmerizing to watch the flames dance. Now I see there can be even more benefits to an indoor fire.
Are we only dreamin’, or is this burning an eco-friendly flame?
Nope, we’re wide awake. While fireplaces aren’t the most efficient sources of heat, if you wanna kick it Little House on the Prairie-style, stay warm with logs made from sustainable materials such as industrial wood scraps and even coffee. Darlin’.
- Chart-topping eco-friendliness. Typical, store-bought burning logs contain petroleum byproducts and let off higher amounts of toxins (such as carbon monoxide) than our picks, and store-bought firewood may not come from a sustainably managed forest.
- Less fire tending. Since the eco-options burn longer, you’ll have to throw wood on the fire less often.
- If 10,000 Biters burn an eco-log instead of a similarly sized piece of wood for 1 hour, we’ll avert the amount of carbon monoxide produced by driving a car around the Earth’s equator about 67 times.
- Java-Log Fireplace Logs – crackling logs that burn for 3 hours. Made from coffee waste and vegetable waxes, and packaged in recycled materials. Find stores here ($32/6 logs).
- Duraflame – petroleum-free logs that burn for 3 hours and use 80% fewer resources than regular firewood. Store locator here ($26/6 logs).
- U.S. Department of Energy – tips for getting the most out of your fireplace.
- Avoid burning particleboard or treated wood – they’ll release toxic chems.