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Old 11-01-04, 04:11 PM
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Why Can't We Use Firelogs in My Apartment Complex?

When signing an apartment lease last week, I noticed a clause forbiding the use of firelogs (like Duraflame) in the fireplaces. Only real wood logs are allowed. I asked the rental office chick, but she had no idea. Anyone here know why?
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the boiler will get too hot and it will rocket you into the future.
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Old 11-01-04, 04:34 PM
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Maybe they don't want flammable oil soaked logs stored in your closed for months on end? I'm sure they don't do a door to door log check so I'd use them anyway. Just be careful they don't start a fire.
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With no knowledge of the subject whatsoever, I would guess things like -

Likelyhood of explosion
Inability to extinguish
Excessive wear/corrosion of the chimney/flu
Strange asphyxiation properties
Kickbacks from the wood suppliers
Storage hazards (like propane)
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I heard that those fake firelogs like Duraflame and others have materials like wax and other crap that cause your chimney to get really dirty. That buildup causes all kinds of problems in the chimney down the line.

Woods logs aren't nearly as bad.
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Because you're living in a tree.
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Originally posted by Giantrobo
I heard that those fake firelogs like Duraflame and others have materials like wax and other crap that cause your chimney to get really dirty. That buildup causes all kinds of problems in the chimney down the line.

Woods logs aren't nearly as bad.
I'd bet that's exactly it. My parents were told that by a chimney sweeper.
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Originally posted by BigPete
Kickbacks from the wood suppliers
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Because the leprechaun tells you to burn things?
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Wow, the apartments I lived in never had fireplaces. \

I think I liked it better that way. One more reason to get a house...which is an especially sweet thing since we just watched Return of the King with the gas fireplace blazing. Creating good memories and "spot" heating > letting the furnace take care of it and maybe (although not sure) saving a few bucks on the gas bill.
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Originally posted by milpool
Jebus! Browsing the Movie Talk forum for 5 minutes, and it finally hit me!
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Maybe this is why?

Then why do some manufactured fireplaces say it is not safe to burn manufactured firelogs?
When manufactured fireplaces were first introduced to the market, the UL-Certification Tests for those appliances did not address the use of firelogs in these fireplaces. Consequently, the earlier manufactured fireplaces were sold with stickers recommending only natural firewood be used. Now that most brands of firelogs have been UL-Classified for safe use in zero-clearance fireplaces, most fireplace manufacturers have begun to change their product labels and warranty information allowing the use of UL-Classified solid fuels, such as duraflame® firelogs.


http://www.duraflame.com/products/faq/index.cfm
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Firelogs, much like burning pine and other soft woods, release creosote into the chimney. Over time, this builds up on the inside of the chimney and hardens. It reduces the effectiveness of the fireplace by limiting heat transfer. When the concentration gets high enough, it's dangerous, since it can catch fire in the chimney and cause a sort of rocket draft effect.

Anyway, avoid firelogs in general, as well as kindling wood like pine if you can swing it. Burn dry aged wood only.
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Originally posted by costanza
the boiler will get too hot and it will rocket you into the future.
I thought the same thing when I saw this thread.
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Originally posted by Mopower
Just be careful they don't start a fire.
Why would he buy them if they don't start fires?

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Originally posted by Otto
When the concentration gets high enough, it's dangerous, since it can catch fire in the chimney and cause a sort of rocket draft effect.
This happened at my house when I was a kid. It was freaky, the fireplace started making a loud whooshing noise. I guess it can get so hot in it that the bricks can start a fire up in your attic.
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Originally posted by PrincessT
Wow, the apartments I lived in never had fireplaces. \
My apartment has a fireplace, and I'm in Florida. Figure that one out. It just gets in the way >

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