Winter is upon us and it’s officially time to start breaking in those chimneys. For the colder days and nights you might be looking for just the right log to double your heat and will be easy on your chimney. There are many options out there to suit your needs. Of course there is the natural wood logs but there are also many synthetic log options and even recycled logs. If you love to burn natural wood logs there may be some facts you need to consider before doing so. Burning wood logs releases ash into the air, creates more smoke, and has been known to cause some illnesses such as bronchitis. If burning natural logs is what you decide make sure to use dry logs because wet logs tend to release more methane gas
into the air.
If you are looking for a log that will be burn longer and release more heat synthetic logs may be just for you. Synthetic logs give off two times more heat than normal hardwood and burn longer than the average log. Even more importantly synthetic logs prevent the creosote from building in your chimney. Creosote is highly combustible and can prevent the airflow and ventilation for wood to burn at high temperatures.
If you are feeling a little green this season recycled logs may be the way to go. Recycled logs are made of materials like sawdust, cardboard, and even recycled coffee grounds. Recycled logs can be found at many of your home improvement stores and your local Walmart. When shopping around for a recycled log be sure to find a log that is made with bio-wax and does not contain petroleum by products.
Whether you use wood logs or already use synthetic or recycled logs it still may be a good idea to give us a call and have your chimney inspected before it gets too cold. You can never be too safe and a we at TJ’s Chimney Service will be able to give you more information on how to keep your chimney in tip top shape.