The keys to safe and successful wood burning are good planning, carefully selecting a high-efficiency appliance, installing and properly operating the appliance and practicing clean burning habits.
Wood is a renewable energy resource. Because trees recycle carbon dioxide, wood doesn’t contribute to the problem of climate change. As well, advanced combustion technologies mean more heat and less smoke from wood you burn.
When wood is not burned properly, it can have negative impacts on both outdoor and indoor air quality. Smouldering smoky fires that produce a plume of blue-grey smoke from the chimney are the main cause of air pollution related to wood burning. You can reduce the amount of smoke from wood heating in many ways.
If possible, upgrade to a new, cleaner-burning stove or fireplace. These appliances reduce smoke emissions by as much as 90 percent compared with conventional wood stoves, fireplace and furnaces. There are different types of high efficiency units namely; wood inserts that fit into an existing chimney, wood stoves and wood zero clearance fireplaces. All of these types of units allow you to both efficiently heat while giving you the ambiance you’re looking for. Ask us for details.
Select an appliance that is the right size for your home’s heating needs, and place it in the main living area to make the best use of the heat it produces.
Use a modern chimney matched to your appliance or an insert in your existing chimney.
Use well seasoned, dry, clean firewood that is split to the right size for your appliance. Burning wood cleanly reduces up to half the amount of smoke produced.
Following these guidelines will not only reduce emissions but also reduce your heating costs.