Man Made Logs: Extra Heat Needed
Q. We burn package logs from the grocery store in the fireplace of our weekend home for more heat in addition to our electric wall heaters. Are these man-made logs safe for the fireplace – will they cause a buildup? (Maryann, Westport WA)
A. The popular brand of man-made logs is safe, though they do contain a lot of wax that could accumulate in the chimney over time. Not only that, but they are not the best product to produce heat. The best heat will come from seasoned hardwood. Seasoned means that it has been aged so it’s dried out and burns hotter than other logs might. It takes 3 years to season most firewood. Actually, in the long run, real wood not only burns hotter but it is far less expensive for the amount of heat generated.