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Test Results – Fireplace Starter Logs

Test Results – Fireplace Starter Logs
January 12, 2015 SNH Editorial Team

…just in time for roaring fires.  Do starter logs work?  Here are some need- to-know findings…

Big box stores generally sell both of these brands.  Is there a difference? Which one should you buy? Since I couldn’t find any good information I began  testing the two leading brands shown in the photo.  And here are the results:

Both seem to burn cleanly.  Both brands claim to be eco-friendly and contain renewable products such as wax coated cardboard (Enviro-Log) and wax coated wood by-products (DuraFlame).

I could not confirm Enviro-Log’s claim that it “burns up to 3 hours” – none of the test logs burnt longer than 1 1/2 hours.  Duraflame logs burnt reliably for 2 1/2-3 hours and never 4 hours as advertised on the box.

Who is the winner? In my view: It’s Duraflame.  It always gets a good fire going – never any issues.  That said, I find a whole log is not necessary.

And what to do with the wood ash? Use it in your ________ (link).

Personally, I cut a Duraflame log in half – it will start the fire and get it hot  over the first hour +. Thereafter , the hot fire ambers take over and starter logs are no longer needed. Wood by itself will do just fine.

See also fireplace safety tip

Even puppies like to snuggle up to a good fire !