Eco-Friendly Fire Starter Logs

Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb is a Cincinnati Chimney Sweep contractor and the executive producer of the YouTube channel, podcast, and blog Ask the Chimney Sweep. He is also an award-winning educator and public speaker in the chimney and fireplace industry.

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firestartersToday, there are many options available to consumers when it comes to burning fire starter logs. If you frequently use DuraFlame or similar brands of logs to start your fires or even primarily burn them, then you will be happy to know that they have stopped coating their logs with a petroleum waxes and switched, instead to a natural base that burns “cleaner than wood.” They claim to recycle wood waste like sawdust, fruit pits, and nut shells to produce its product.

However, beware that there is an oil present in the logs that is enticing to dogs. The logs are toxic if ingested, so keep them out of the reach of any animals around the house. Also, customers complain of a strong odor emitted by these logs, even when they are not being burned. DuraFlame Stax, a brand of DuraFlame logs, are the first firelog safe to be burned in a woodstove.

Another interesting solution is brought to us by a company called Java-Log. These logs are made of recycled coffee grounds and natural vegetable wax and burns 80% cleaner than normal wood. As opposed to the harsh odors of the DuraFlame logs, these logs give off the calming scent of coffee as they burn. These eco-friendly logs won’t break the bank either, six logs cost about $11 and can be bought online or at select retail stores.

CleanFlame Fire Logs and TerraCycle firelogs make use of unrecyclable cardboard. Waxed carboard is used to keep perishable shipments of food from damaging moisture. This particular type of cardboard isomer cannot be recycled and is virtually non-biodegradable due to its extremely slow rate of deterioration.

No matter what type of logs you are using, whether they be eco-friendly or regular wood logs, you must be sure to keep your chimney very clean or you will not only increase the amount of toxins you are releasing into the air as the smoke collects chemicals from the creosote baked onto the walls of your flue but also put yourself at risk for chimney fires and other expensive and dangerous damage.

Cincinnati Chimney Sweep, Clay Lamb owner of American Chimney Sweep. Executive Producer of Ask the Chimney Sweep Podcasts and YouTube channel.

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Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb is a Cincinnati Chimney Sweep contractor and the executive producer of the YouTube channel, podcast, and blog Ask the Chimney Sweep. He is also an award-winning educator and public speaker in the chimney and fireplace industry.

AsktheChimneySweep.com….Educational Videos
FireplaceandChimneySupply.com….Chimney products
AmChimney.com….American Chimney Cincinnati, OH
Clay Lamb

2009 Wood Stove Tax Credits You Should Be Taking Advantage Of

Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb is a Cincinnati Chimney Sweep contractor and the executive producer of the YouTube channel, podcast, and blog Ask the Chimney Sweep. He is also an award-winning educator and public speaker in the chimney and fireplace industry.

AsktheChimneySweep.com….Educational Videos
FireplaceandChimneySupply.com….Chimney products
AmChimney.com….American Chimney Cincinnati, OH
Clay Lamb

wood-stoveIf you have ever entertained the idea of purchasing a  wood burning stove, or even a pellet stove, now is the time to do it. For the year of 2009, the government is willing to pay 30% of the cost of the actual appliance itself, plus labor.

Having been in the business of chimneys and their appliances for a while, I would have to say that a lot of the cost of an energy efficient appliance comes hidden, in areas like ventilation, inspection to be deemed “up to code,” and labor. Do not fear, the tax credit even covers those things, up to $1500! This is a clear push from our government that biomass appliances are the way to go for our future.

This offer does have a few guidelines. Your appliance must be at least 75% efficient wood or pellet burning stove. Burning wood or pellets help reduce heating costs immensely. Also, the prices for wood and pellets will always stay about the same, seeing that they are a renewable resource. The same cannot be said for propane, natural gas, or oil.

Wood burning units burn wood for fuel and are carbon neutral. They do not emit much particulate matter into the air and create a warm glow in whatever room you choose to burn in. Pellet stoves, much the same emit very little particulate matter, even less than wood!

Pellets are also extremely affordable and a 40 pound bag (about 24 hours of heat) run about 5 dollars a piece. Pellets are actually recycled biomass that would otherwise be taking up room in landfills. They burn cleanly and qualify for green construction building programs.

Now, the truly beautiful part of this whole deal? The fact that you don’t have to deal with paperwork or filing. The tax credit is granted to you when you file your taxes. All you need is a certificate of qualification which you can obtain from the appliance’s manufacturer.

All in all? If you are looking into a wood burning stove or pellet burning stove, now is the time to do it! This tax credit is only valid for stoves installed thru 2009 via the stimulus plan and should be taken advantage of!

Keep in mind a tax credit is more valuable than a similar tax deduction. A tax credit reduces the tax you pay, dollar-for-dollar. Tax deductions lower your taxable income. If you are in the highest 35-percent tax bracket, the income tax you pay is reduced by 35 percent of the value of a tax deduction. But a tax credit reduces your federal income tax by 100 percent of the amount of the credit. See one of the more popular wood stoves that qualify for this tax credit.

Cincinnati Chimney Sweep, Clay Lamb owner of American Chimney Sweep. Executive Producer of Ask the Chimney Sweep Podcasts and YouTube channel.

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Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb is a Cincinnati Chimney Sweep contractor and the executive producer of the YouTube channel, podcast, and blog Ask the Chimney Sweep. He is also an award-winning educator and public speaker in the chimney and fireplace industry.

AsktheChimneySweep.com….Educational Videos
FireplaceandChimneySupply.com….Chimney products
AmChimney.com….American Chimney Cincinnati, OH
Clay Lamb