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Posted by: L. Greenwood

Here at Don't Move Firewood, we get a lot of interesting ideas and news from our Contact Us page. Not infrequently, we 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 very small pieces, then we also agree it is generally 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 strictly by their rules.


2) Firewood is, at its core, not the problem. The decentralized movement of firewood by both individuals and firewood distributors, sometimes going long distances, is the problem. Firewood replacement products, which represent a small part of the firewood market, are therefore not the answer to the most pressing issue.


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


(this blog is mostly a reprint from our original 2011 blog on the same topic, seen here; )

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