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Posted by: L. Greenwood
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Here at Don't Move Firewood, we get a lot of interesting ideas and news from our Contact Us page. Not infrequently, I get people that want to promote a legitimate product to replace conventional cut-wood firewood, something like a compressed sawdust log, or a pressed wood log, or pellets, or some other reclaimed wood product.

 

For the record; as long as there are minimal or, ideally, no other products (glue, solvent, etc) and the wood source in the "log" is well-conceived (reclaimed, waste product, recycled sawdust, sustainably sourced scrap wood, small diameter thinned wood, fire salvage wood, whatever), we DO agree that your product is a viable replacement for the occasional firewood user. And if it is made from either heat treated material, or material processed into rather tiny bits, then we also agree it is safe to move long distances.

 

However, we do not promote these items. There are two reasons for this;

 

1) Don't Move Firewood is part of a non-profit. As such, we cannot confer gain upon a for-profit-entity. Bluntly, we can't promote your product because the government says that we can't, and we play by their rules.

 

2) Firewood is, at its core, not the problem. The decentralized movement of firewood by individuals, sometimes going long distances, is the problem. Firewood replacement products, which are a very small part of the firewood market, are therefore not the answer.

 

I think many of your products are great, and keep up the good work. But we can't promote them, and to say they solve the problem misses the bigger picture that free firewood is always going to be out there, and people are going to move it long distances if they are ignorant of the risks that entails.

 

(this blog is mostly a reprint from our original 2011 blog on the same topic, seen here; http://www.dontmovefirewood.org/blog/faux-firewood.html )

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