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There is nothing in the world like sitting next to a blazing fire reading a book or chatting with family. The warmth is unique, the flames almost mesmerizing, and the whole experience evokes feelings of comfort. Heating with wood is a time honored classic. Modern designs have made them an amazingly eco-friendly method of keeping toasty in the winter months. Did you know you can save money AND be warmer with a wood burning stove?
Fireplaces LOSE heat, Wood Burning Stoves Don’t!
Many homes feature an open fireplace, and it’s often considered an asset. When it comes to actual heat production and efficiency , a wood stove wins hands down. Fireplaces release large amounts of smoke and heat up the chimney. They create a lot of ambiance but are not ideal as a main heat source.
By installing a high efficiency wood burning stove insert into the fireplace, wood heat is an economical and efficient way of heating a home. For homeowners without a fireplace, a freestanding wood burning stove is ideal.
What About The Carbon Footprint?
Burning wood effectively is carbon neutral when compared to the carbon dioxide released in the natural decomposition process a tree would undergo. Appropriately harvested and transported firewood has a minimal carbon footprint.
Aside from the sun, there are no other heat sources available with such a claim to fame. Creating heat takes a lot of energy from any source and in our modern culture energy equals money.
Heating with wood can be equivalent to other heat sources depending on where wood is purchased or it can be much cheaper. Often wood is available for free from neighbors, acquaintances, or on sites such as craigslist.
Some state forests allow individuals to come in and harvest fallen deadwood for use as firewood. If you have access to enough land, you could manage your own private woodlot for a perpetual source of firewood. (Related Post: 10 Places To Look For Free Firewood)
Do they make much smoke?
In the past, smoke from wood fires has created indoor and outdoor air pollution. Thankfully, newer wood stoves have been improved to reduce emissions. A properly burning fire will produce little or no smoke. Stoves that meet the new guidelines will not produce indoor pollution, and very little outdoors as well. All stoves that you buy new are required to meet the updated EPA guidelines.
Wood Burning Stoves Are Perfect For Emergencies
Wood burning stoves keep your home warm during power outages and in foul weather. Some models even allow for emergency stove top cooking! So, there’s no need to worry about the power going out as long as you have a big stack of firewood out back.
When it comes to heating, no method is as charming as wood. High efficiency wood burning stoves produce little pollution, use local wood, and are cost effective. As you sit next to a warm fire on a black, stormy night you will appreciate all the wonders of wood heat.
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