Outdoor Wood Burning Furnaces: An Efficient Home Heating Alternative

More and more people are realizing the huge advantage of using outdoor wood-fired furnaces. These heating appliances are a safe, cost-effective and environmentally responsible alternative for residential or commercial eating.

Facts about the use of outdoor wood burning furnaces:

  • Pending revisions to Federal Regulations called the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) currently in development with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA).  Revisions to the NSPS will include outdoor furnaces and other classes of wood heating appliances. This means that these agencies are doing their best in regulating the manufacture, use and maintenance of outdoor furnaces for a clean and green environment.
  • How outdoor furnaces can benefit home and business owners. There are a lot of advantages when it comes to using outdoor furnaces; from benefits to indoor air quality, reduction of risks of fires and the reduction of risks to health.
  • What the best operating practices are to promote responsible use and to prevent and/or correct outdoor furnace misuse. Best practices in the use and maintenance of outdoor furnaces are important to ensure that there is efficient use of the outdoor wood heating stove or furnace and reduced risk to health and damage to the environment.
  • Where to find resources for common questions and answers as well as popular myths and facts and safety and environmental testing, up-to-date emission standards and reports on various outdoor wood heating appliances. As a homeowner and a user of outdoor wood heating appliances it is very important to have access to various important information on the use and the maintenance of these wood heating appliances.
  • USEPA voluntary emissions reduction program(s) which include the EPA Outdoor Wood-fired Hydronic Heater (OWHH) Phase 1 Program and the EPA Hydronic Heater (HH) Phase 2 Program. These programs should be understood if a person needs to purchase a new outdoor wood burning appliance for his home or for his commercial establishment.

Outdoor furnaces, also referred to by some as outdoor hydronic heaters or outdoor wood boilers, use renewable, biomass fuels that are considered as “carbon neutral.” These fuels are wood and wood pellets. Being carbon neutral means that these fuels do not generate a net increase in greenhouse gas emissions compared to fossil fuels that are used to generate electricity, natural gas, fuel oil, kerosene, liquefied petroleum gas, and coal.

It is therefore important to remember that outdoor furnaces actually lessen our need to use foreign oil and fossil fuels. Wood is also cheaper compared to using other means for heat; you can spend a fortune heating a home using electricity especially when you live in a place where it is cold most of the year. Wood, when used efficiently, will burn longer and when you season or treat wood beforehand, you can definitely ensure that your fires will burn stronger and longer which will heat your home better and longer too. Thus, if you are looking for an efficient home heating alternative, then outdoor wood burning stoves or furnaces is your top choice.

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