One of the most-fulfilling parts of working with salvaged wood is finding helpful ways to use what would otherwise end up in a landfill. We are excited to announce our new partnership with the Dallas Zoo to re-use their waste wood and offer a better product to our customers! We regularly collect wood waste from the elephants and have performed cleanup in the elephant habitats, also.
You may wonder why elephants generate wood waste. Elephants eat hundreds of pounds of leafy brush (called “browse”) every day. While the elephants eat leaves and smaller twigs, the larger branch pieces are left behind, often with the bark stripped. Many of the branches have been chewed and crushed, breaking open and exposing the interior wood. Larger pieces of wood may come through the process completely intact. In the elephant habitats there are also larger tree trunks for the animals to play with that eventually get dried out.
That is where we come in! We take the leftovers from the elephant browse and habitat and find a use for everything! The larger pieces are cut for firewood, and anything too small to be useful can become mulch. But the most impressive transformation is how the split branches can be chopped up into smaller lengths and be dried to become excellent kindling! Who knew? We’re working on reusable and biodegradable packaging for the kindling, and you can bet it will feature some tribute to the wood’s source: the Dallas Zoo’s elephant family!
Burn This Firewood started as a sustainability effort of Texas Tree Surgeons and provides high-quality reclaimed firewood, mulch, and kindling. We are open for pickup Monday-Saturday and offer delivery most weekdays. Our online process makes it easy to order and pay for firewood. Start your order today!