Has anyone had an experience with nut shells being found in fireplace logs? John, from John Leonard Studios (my pal and favorite jewelry artist), emailed me yesterday warning that he had just read to be aware that some fire-place logs use peanut or tree shells. I immediately zipped onto Duraflame’s website and requested a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) in addition to asking the question, “nuts in a fireplace log”?
After a quick internet search, I did find a few sources citing that peanut shells can be used in fire-place logs, “Non-Edible Uses for Peanuts”. I also found postings from peanut allergic folks talking about Duraflame confirming a few years ago that indeed they use tree nut shells in their products. Food Allergies Families posted about this too in 2010, so I’m very anxious to see if this is still the policy. As soon as I hear back from Duraflame, I will post my findings into a new blog. Until then, I am pleased that John gave me the heads up. We use natural wood, but if we are visiting friends or in a vacation rental, we could be exposed. Actually, the fire-place smoke is not good for asthma, so we usually hang out around our gas stove and avoid our fireplace for burning. Besides, we would have to move the candles that I enjoy so much!