Navigation Links
Fire logs made from lawn clippings offer earth-friendly option
Date:11/15/2012

This press release is available in Spanish.

Artificial logs that create a cheerful and welcoming blaze in your fireplace can be made from a perhaps surprising source: grass clippings.

U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) chemist Syed H. Imam and his colleagues have shown that lawn clippings can be mixed with other natural compounds to yield ecofriendly fire logs that burn brightly and evenly. The same formula can be used to produce pellets ready for the hopper of a pellet-burning stove, or for making fire-starting sticks for use with firewood at a campfire.

Imam is with the Bioproduct Chemistry and Engineering Research Unit at the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Western Regional Research Center in Albany, Calif. ARS is USDA's chief intramural scientific research agency.

Mowing front and backyard lawns, plus fields at parks, schools and other city and suburban landscapes, creates tons of clippings that typically end up in landfills, Imam noted.

Bio-based fire logs that Imam's team developed contain no petroleum-derived chemicals, so they burn cleaner, emitting fewer potentially polluting volatile organic compounds, or VOCs.

Clippings make up about 20 to 60 percent of the composition of the logs by weight. About 40 to 80 percent is made up of plant-derived waxes or oils, referred to as binders. They add durability and help the logs, pellets, or sticks retain their shape. Binders also boost the energy value of the logs, and extend the burn time.

Plant oils that lend color and aroma, and repel insectsa plus when using the logs outdoorscan be added to the log formulation. Imam has at least a dozen fragrant oils to suggest, such as cedar, eucalyptus, lavender, orange, peppermint, and tea tree.

Though the Albany team's focus was on clippings, the logs can also be made from agricultural harvest leftovers such as rice straw or cornstalks.


'/>"/>

Contact: Marcia Wood
marcia.wood@ars.usda.gov
301-504-1662
United States Department of Agriculture - Research, Education and Economics
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. Study offers new tool for incorporating water impacts into policy decisions
2. Wake Forest Baptist Offers Tips on How to Avoid and Relieve Campaign Season Stress
3. Cross Match Technologies Undoubtedly Offers the Highest Value to Customers in the North American Biometrics Market, Says Frost & Sullivan
4. Old deeds, witness trees offer glimpse of pre-settlement forest in West Virginia
5. Rare genetic disease offers insight into common cancers
6. Gardeners delight offers glimpse into the evolution of flowering plants
7. Native plants in urban yards offer birds mini-refuges
8. Novel microscopy method offers sharper view of brains neural network
9. Traumatic mating may offer fitness benefits for female sea slugs
10. Glass offers improved means of storing UKs nuclear waste
11. Dual action polyclonal antibody may offer more effective, safer protection against osteoporosis
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/6/2017)... 5, 2017 RAM Group , ... new breakthrough in biometric authentication based on a ... properties to perform biometric authentication. These new sensors are ... created by Ram Group and its partners. This sensor ... supply chains and security. Ram Group is a ...
(Date:4/13/2017)... UBM,s Advanced Design and Manufacturing event in ... and evolving technology through its 3D Printing and Smart ... the expo portion of the event and feature a ... on trending topics within 3D printing and smart manufacturing. ... will take place June 13-15, 2017 at the Jacob K. ...
(Date:4/11/2017)... NXT-ID, Inc. (NASDAQ:   NXTD ) ... appointment of independent Directors Mr. Robin D. Richards ... Directors, furthering the company,s corporate governance and expertise. ... Gino Pereira , Chief Executive ... their guidance and benefiting from their considerable expertise as we ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:8/16/2017)... Ca (PRWEB) , ... August 16, 2017 , ... ... by changing into a different cell type. Many treatments for specific cancers, such ... prominent example of targeted treatment is androgen deprivation therapy for advanced prostate cancer. ...
(Date:8/16/2017)... Aug. 16, 2017  This year,s edition of the Inc. 5000 features ... sciences workforce solutions, has made the list for the third year in ... nation,s fastest-growing private companies based on a set of quantitative metrics. In ... the fastest-growing companies in the Bay State . ... Inc. 5000 ...
(Date:8/15/2017)... CA (PRWEB) , ... August 15, 2017 , ... ... pioneering graphene biosensors that accelerate pharmaceutical and biotherapeutics development, announces the launch of ... number of steps needed to gain kinetic binding data for a wide range ...
(Date:8/15/2017)... ... August 15, 2017 , ... The Conference Forum ... Immuno-Oncology 360° (IO360°) programming through a series of upcoming panels and events. The partnership ... 2018, at The Roosevelt Hotel in New York City. , “With our experience in ...
Breaking Biology Technology: