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December Newsletter 2010 Natural Gifts from Candles to Floors

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In addition to gift ideas, we have flooring specials, and take a moment to read the interesting article from the Asheville Citizen Times about Hempcrete Building in the Asheville area.

Use Recycled Natural Longleaf Pine Fire Starter Kindling

23lb box Firestarter kindling

A great way to start a fire in your wood-fired oven, wood stove or fireplace is with Longleaf Pine Kindling that has  been recycled from reclaimed antique heartpine!

Some great reasons to use this product:  it’s very very dry, locally produced (we pick it up), supports small businesses, is recycled off-cuts and rippers from the mill that we get beautiful reclaimed flooring from, and it works great! It’s not too resinous for wood-fired ovens either- it’s efficient and burns easily and gets your fire burning quickly. Other hardwood kindling can require a greater quantity to start your fire with. Our firestarter kindling is  OLD heart pine that is very dense from trees that grew to great heights in the Southeast from decades past. Unless  you are  exceptionally organized  with a year long supply of nice dry kindling, I’m sure many of you have experienced the “backyard search” after only a few weeks of cold weather. Perhaps your less than adequate stash has dwindled away (or never existed). As a native of Northern Michigan I used to consider the idea of purchasing a box of kindling kind of ludicrous. I saw a box at a friend’s house and thought- what’s this?!

Northern Michigan days

One of the things I enjoyed doing with my dad many years ago during cooler weather was helping split that huge pile of cedar shakes.  Aside from one ax scar I enjoyed the whole process.  But hey, we’re all busy, and a couple of years ago I DID buy a box of  “fatwood”- there’s a good chance it was shipped from the Honduras, then  shipped once again from the Northeast to North Carolina. (Not particularly efficient in terms of environmental considerations).  I will admit, it was efficient stuff and  it did last a good long while as true fatwood is extremely resinous. Fatwood comes  from the stumps of pine trees, often after loggers have done their work. Hmmm… claims are that it is environmentally derived, but it depends on the source and your proximity to the product.

What we have to offer you may have less resin overall, but it is resin-laden and  it works beautifully in a wood-fired oven or fireplace. It is 100% natural, and has no chemicals or additives . It is made of rippers and offcuts of resin-laden Longleaf Heart pine and is entirely recycled!  Starts fires fast and easy!.  Pick up your box at The ARCH today!

$24.00 for a 23lb box