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  1. #1 Duraflame Shortage/Price Gouging 
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    There's always money to be made if one just grabs the opportunity. It's been the coldest winter in Florida for some time. It seems to be just one of those things that everyone seems to get softer after living in warmer climates for a while.

    There seems to be a big demand for those Dura-Flame fake logs, the ones you get in the supermarket wrapped individually in paper. SR ended up with an unexpected long mission yesterday--the quest for a few logs to burn in our fireplace. Problem is, they're hard to find, sold out, no more for this season.

    A local gas station was charging a ridiculous $20 a log. Then he went to Publix. $20 a log. Finally he found them at good old Ace Hardware--$26 for 6. That's still high, but not ludicrous. (we aren't supposed to have regular firewood around here, as the place has all wood siding and has had termites in the past).

    Can't believe Publix was doing that price gouging.
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    It's 17 degrees outside here and 80 degrees inside right now.....the hickory wood in the wood heater is just a popping away.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SaintLouieWoman View Post
    A local gas station was charging a ridiculous $20 a log. Then he went to Publix. $20 a log. Finally he found them at good old Ace Hardware--$26 for 6. That's still high, but not ludicrous. (we aren't supposed to have regular firewood around here, as the place has all wood siding and has had termites in the past).

    Can't believe Publix was doing that price gouging.
    Do you get newspapers, or is there a way to collect them? You can roll your own logs. Check out youtube or internet for tips on making them. Some ambitious people even pulverize all useable paper like junk mail, to make paper briquettes. We used to make log rolls when we were in scouts for camping, as you weren't supposed to collet the fallen wood.
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    I don't know what's in those Duraflame logs, so I don't use them. We have a heavily wooded neighborhood, and our backyard has been our woodlot for the whole time we've lived there. I love a wood fire, although our "retirement" home will likely just have a gas fireplace.
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    Quote Originally Posted by linda22003 View Post
    I don't know what's in those Duraflame logs, so I don't use them.
    Basically they are sawdust with wax as a binder.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dlr Pyro View Post
    Basically they are sawdust with wax as a binder.
    Yep. Down here they are a seasonal item which is why Wal-Mart
    and Home Depot are out of them. Everyone is getting
    in their Spring stuff. Ace carries them all year.
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    $20 a log is crazy! Glad you were able to find some. I keep a box on hand in case the power goes out for an extended length of time. One winter, a year prior to me living here, parts of our town were without power for two days during the winter. I also have a small pile of scrap wood outside and a mesquite forest next door to my house that is full of branches and wood.

    Mesquite is just too smoky for me, the smell aggravates my allergies. Even when the smoke is simply just in the outside air.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RobJohnson View Post
    That's neat. I wonder if you can use packaging, like cereal boxes, cookie boxes, etc. I don't know how it happens, but my recycle barrel is full of packaging every week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dori View Post
    That's neat. I wonder if you can use packaging, like cereal boxes, cookie boxes, etc. I don't know how it happens, but my recycle barrel is full of packaging every week.
    I have no idea where the rules and regs stand today for such but back in the Stone Age when I was making newspaper logs, some packaging contained materials that you did not want to stand downwind of during burning.
    Before I used any today I would have to check out the material and inks and such first.
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