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Old 11-30-2008, 11:40 AM
 
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Default Cheap fire logs?

I have a Preway Built-In Fireplace that burns "solid wood only." In the fireplaces in my native country in Eastern Europe you could burn pretty much any kind of wood in them, but I am under the impression that you should only burn the pre-packaged kind in this sort of cheap fireplace.

HEB charges about 20 bucks for a pack of 6 logs, which is a pretty steep price. I was wondering if you knew any cheaper options in town.
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Wal-Mart, Lowe's and Home Depot all sell packages of fireplace logs. I don't recall seeing a small bundle of logs cost more than $7 at any of those places.
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Old 11-30-2008, 12:59 PM
 
Location: Tetons, WY
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Just drive a little further out to the rural areas and you can get good logs for cheap. I saw an old man selling some from his pickup truck on the south side last week. This got me thinking...I'm gonna call an old friend out on a ranch and see if I can chop down some trees.
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Old 11-30-2008, 05:22 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Drive down 1604 and you will see folks selling firewood on EVER corner here on the NW side.

Try the Seaworld area.
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Old 11-30-2008, 08:42 PM
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Location: Georgia
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I have a Preway Built-In Fireplace that burns "solid wood only." In the fireplaces in my native country in Eastern Europe you could burn pretty much any kind of wood in them, but I am under the impression that you should only burn the pre-packaged kind in this sort of cheap fireplace.

HEB charges about 20 bucks for a pack of 6 logs, which is a pretty steep price. I was wondering if you knew any cheaper options in town.
By "pre-packaged", are you talking about the Uniflame or Pine Mountain logs that you find inside the store on the shelves? If so, that is NOT solid wood. It is wood that has been infused with chemicals and other matter to make it burn prettier and longer - not necessarily hotter, though! And it is way more expensive than just wood.

By "solid-wood" I would guess the manufacturer is warning you to stay away from those mentioned above. The places the other posters mentioned are spot-on for finding wood that has been chopped and corded or wrapped in plastic for ease of distribution. And it is typically cheaper. You can also try freecycle, sometimes folks are giving it away!
Just be careful, my mom once bought some firewood from a guy on a corner and when she burned it, it smelled like cow manure!!!
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Old 11-30-2008, 10:38 PM
 
Location: 78245
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listen, take a chain saw, and... well you know the rest.
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Old 12-01-2008, 04:06 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Just make sure that you cut something that has been dead on the ground for a while unless you have a couple months to let it cure from green wood...or you might not be happy with the resulting smoke.
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Old 12-01-2008, 05:51 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Exactly, and examine that firewood that people are selling on the street corners...I've seen some pretty sad stuff being sold!

Cheers! M2
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Old 02-21-2009, 10:17 AM
 
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Default Preway Fireplace

I have never had any problems burning logs that you could get from anywhere. I agree that if you live close to where you can buy cords of quality firewood that really is the best option. I also recommend gas logs if you don't want to hassle with the wood, they work really well for heat.

http://www.squidoo.com/preway-gas-fireplace-logs
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