Thursday, October 20, 2011

With the Cold Weather on Its Way, Make Sure You are Prepared with Enviro-Log Firelogs (Product Review)


Enviro-Log Firelogs are great for fireplaces, woodstoves, and campfires. They can be used like oak firewood and are ideal for fireplaces, masonry heaters, and woodstoves. Great for home heating, outdoor family gatherings, and wonderful for open-fire cooking.

Product Information:

-The 3 lb firelog is 7 inches long and 4 inches in diameter
-The 5 lb firelog is 11 inches long and 4 inches in diameter
-The Enviro-Log Firestarter is a simple and great way to start a fire.


Enviro-Log Firelogs are distinctive for their wide variety of applications and performance features. Because they are made from food-grade waxed old corrugated containers (WOCC), our firelogs can be used for cooking, as well as for heating and recreational purposes.

Enviro-Log Firelogs are compatible with all wood-burning appliances and can be used to enhance a wood-burning fire. Our firelogs generate more energy per pound than wood or other firelog brands.
Enviro-Log Firelogs are easier to light, burn hotter with larger, smokeless flames, and do not melt, drip, or spark because there is no added petroleum-based binder. They can be stacked and stored outdoors similar to wood and are more weather-resistant than other firelog brands.

How to Light an Enviro-Log Firelog:

  1. Remove firelog from wrapper and read label.
  2. Twist wrapper and place under firelog for kindling.
  3. Light ends of firelog and wrapper.
  4. Check and manage your fire regularly.

Comparison Chart » See How Our Firelogs Compare

Enviro-Log Sawdust & Wax-Based Firelogs Firewood
Composition 100% Waxed Old Corrugated Cardboard boxes used for fresh vegetables. Sawdust and petroleum waste wax, chemicals for colored flames, seeds for crackling. Soft and hard woods.
Emissions 30-40% lower particulate matter emissions than firewood. Better particulate matter emissions than firewood. Poor: Highest levels of particulate matter emissions.
Wood Stove Yes :: burns hotter and cleaner than firewood. Not recommended for use in wood stoves. Yes
Burn More Than One Yes :: use as a substitute for wood or add to enhance a wood fire. No :: Use only one at a time. Yes
Cooking Yes :: Like firewood, food can pick up some of the flavor of the fire. Never Yes :: but resins in the wood can affect taste.
Chiminea Yes :: perfect for outdoor activities. Not recommended but some offer a high quality wax firelog. Yes :: can be smoky if wood is wet.
Storage Can be stored and burned in all weather conditions. Can melt or drip under warm conditions. All weather conditions, but difficult to light wet.
Burn Time Up to 3 hours or more (5 pound firelog). 2 hours for 3 pound firelog, 3 hours for 5 pound firelog. 1.5 to 3 hours per average firewood bundle
Special Grate No Recommended by some manufacturers No
Scent Low odor less smoke than firewood. Distinctive odor - oily Smoky - varies greatly with moisture.
Sparks No (in normal use) :: may spark while stirring. Yes :: can spark with crackle type logs. Yes :: can be severe.
Poke or Stir Yes :: treat just like real wood. No :: melts, drips, and goes soft like candle wax in warm environments. Yes :: Increases sparking
Starter Material None required lights directly with match. Yes :: Must use wrapper or starter. Yes :: will vary with moisture of wood.

My Thoughts: 
Living in New England, the weather is always unpredictable. Recently, it has been in the high 60's/low 70's one day and then the next it doesn't get higher than 48 degrees.  With varying temperatures like these, we make sure to have firewood on hand at all times, so we can put on a fire in our woodstove.  I was excited to try out the firelogs from Enviro-Log after reading about the comparisons with other firelogs (see above chart).  

I am not a fan of the smell and black smoke that is usually seen when using firewood we buy locally, and with a toddler and new baby on the way, I am always looking for cleaner ways to burn wood, while not sacrificing on the heat emitted.  So, Enviro-Log seemed to be the best product for my family to try out.  This past weekend, I had my husband put on a fire Saturday night, while we snuggled with Savannah and our 3 rescue dogs on the couch watching a movie.  I couldn't believe the difference with the Enviro-Log firelogs.  There was no strong smell or crackling that came from the woodstove once he lit the logs, and throughout the burn cycle, which lasted over 3 hrs. with only one 5-lb log, I was hooked on this brand.  Usually, my husband would have to get up and tend to the fire every 30-45 minutes and either add new kindling or restart the fire if the wood wasn't properly seasoned.  But, not with the Enviro-Log firelog.  He got up after the first half hour of it burning, only to see that the fire was going strong and the room was getting much warmer than if we had used regular kindling.  You could definitely see the difference in the burn and how the room heated up quickly and stayed warm. 

woodstove.  Now, I don't have to worry about the health and safety of my family now that I am switching to Enviro-Log Firelogs.  

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You can buy Enviro-Logs at your local retailer or online through the Enviro-Log Store.  Or, to find a store near you, click here to use Enviro-Log's Store Locator.

About Enviro-Log:

Enviro-Log Enviro-Log is the nation's largest recycler of waxed old corrugated cardboard (wocc) and 3rd largest producer of firelogs in North America.
Currently, Enviro-Logs are the only national brand safe to use in woodstoves, chimineas, campfires, and as a cooking fuel just like firewood but with much cleaner emissions.

Enviro-Log Firelogs have been tested to UL standards and methods in both the US and Canadian markets by Omni Environmental Services, considered an authority on manufactured firelogs.

Disclosure: I was sent a sample of Enviro-Logs in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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