Minimize the effects of toxic chemicals from your wood burning fireplaces this holiday season. 1. Only burn dry seasoned hardwoods like oak, hickory, and ash. 2. Avoid soft woods like pine and cedar. 3. Avoid wet wood and any treated or painted wood. 4. Never burn plastics, cardboard, garbage, magazines, etc.
If you want the beauty of a fire without the big environmental impact, light soy or beeswax candles. Get several large pillar candles of varying heights and place them on a flat surface in your fireplace. They are cleaner and gentler on the environment, but are every bit as beautiful and fragrant. Plus, they last longer!