It was early 2008 when Brian Grady, a professional sawyer from Maine, came up with the idea for reusable firewood. After months and months spent testing and researching, he created Fire Logs. The “logs” are handmade rectangular stainless steel baskets able to withstand temperatures up to 1400 degrees Fahrenheit – and designed to burn wood pellets.
Because wood pellets are made of compressed kiln-dried wood fibers, they’re allowed to be transported and burned wherever you’re headed. Regular firewood can’t be moved far from the origin due to the risk of spreading insect infestation.
“Tree-killing insects and diseases can lurk in or on firewood. These insects and diseases can’t move far on their own, but when people move firewood they can jump hundreds of miles. New infestations destroy our forests, property values, and cost huge sums of money to control.”
The logs can be used in an open campfire, placed inside a chimenea or within a fire-pit. Grady says he’s even used them in his wood stove! We thought this idea was great – so we decided to try a set out!
Instructions for Use
- Unpack your Fire Logs by pulling each log out of the others. Remove the stands and set aside.
- Fill each Fire Log with wood pellets. An insignificant amount of small “crumbs” may fall through the openings in the wires.
- Select the spot for your campfire and clear the area of any debris that may catch fire (it is a good idea to select a flat surface of sand or stone).
- Set the Fire Logs on the stands that are a part of your Repose Fire Log Package, in a pattern that will allow for air flow around the Logs.
- Use a fire starter or twisted clump of newspapers placed under the Logs to start the fire. Light when ready (a fireplace lighter is recommended to keep your hands away from open flame).
>> See Video: How to Make Fire Starters from Wood Pellet Fibers <<
- Allow the fire to blaze – it will light the pellets in the Logs and they will begin to burn.
- Use the Fire Wand (included in Deluxe Package or purchased separately) to move the Logs if necessary. You can burn just one or two at a time, adding the reserved Log when the fire burns down. The Wand can be used to remove a burned Log from the fire, setting it aside to cool, refilling it again and adding it back onto the fire to prolong the burning time.
- Allow the fire to burn down naturally and for the Fire Logs to cool. Traditional campfires produce large coals that can take quite a while to cool down, even up to 24 hours. Pellets in the Fire Logs burn completely, leaving little ash and no coals to pose unattended fire hazards. They cool very quickly. You can then shake the remaining ash from the Logs and use them again or stack them for storage. Your Fire Logs will take on a colorful “patina” after being used. This is not harmful to the Logs. However, they can be cleaned with soap and water to remove “soot”.
Tips for Use
- Fire Logs burn hot enough, and long enough to cook your favorite campfire foods. Whether on a stick or raised grill over the logs. Grills can be used to cook or hold the logs themselves.
- Fire Logs are hand crafted of stainless steel. Be careful of any wire ends that may be sharp.
- Keep wood pellets very dry as moisture will make them swell and burn inefficiently or not at all.
- Be certain that you check your local laws for requirements on fire burning permits and heed warnings about “no burn” periods where fire burning is not recommended. Also be sure that children and pets keep a safe distance from the fire when it’s in use. Always have a fire extinguisher or water source available and never leave your fire unattended.