Winter Inferno: Alternatives to Firewood
Have you ever heard of a No-Burn Day? They exist in places like Arizona, where air quality can get really foul sometimes. These No-Burn Days set restrictions to the burning of firewood–a huge culprit of particulate and toxic air pollution. Now obviously, if you have a fireplace, or fire-pit, or bonfire, or some kind of place to light things ablaze, firewood might seem like the least likely choice environmentally to keep yourself toasty-cozy. So, what are your options? Lucky you, I did some research for ya.
For the most part, logs that aren’t firewood are either made from wax, a wax and biomass mixture, paper, or a paper/saw dust-mulchesque mixture. These firewood alternatives tend to be a bit more expensive than say, purchasing regular wood, but they burn cleaner, and tend to burn longer. Some of them are even scented, or change the colour of your fire. Here’s a quick list of some major brands you can pick up online or at your local grocery story. Also, there are tools to help you create your own bricks and logs for your fires as well.