Duraflame Logs

Can anyone tell me their experiences with Duraflame logs? Do they really burn cleaner than wood? Are they as safe environmentally indoors - do you know of any issues with burning them vs wood?
Do you know what makes the crackle sound in the new crackle logs? They claim it's a patented technology.
How about the Pine Mountain logs?
I have a zero-clearance fireplace and gave up after three trys at burning wood splits. I've read and researched everything on burning the wood but no luck. I bought a Duraflame log and had a great 3 hour burn. They work terrific.
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Burning wood is simple once you know how. Lots of paper and kindling, small logs at first, then larger. Never try to burn only one log. You need two as the flames feed off of each other.
If you burn the fireplace for show once a month, the Duraflame is quick and easy. Less coals and hot ash to deal with. Ed snipped-for-privacy@snet.net http://pages.cthome.net/edhome
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What Ed said. In addition, Duraflame logs are not considered environmentally safe, at least not in Denver, CO. Denver has some kind of environmental alert (red flag?) and when it is in effect, you are not supposed to burn wood or Duraflame logs. There are some artificial logs manufactured on the west coast which are safe to burn. They are made in hydraulic presses out of sawdust and wax, but they use much less wax. Apparently they are ok to burn in Denver during their alerts as they create less soot. I can't think of the name, but if you can't find them with Google, email me and I'll ask around and get you the name. (We had some business dealings with the company that manufactures them which is how I learned this.)
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