One of the most common misconceptions of homeowners and owners of outdoor wooden stoves is that they could burn ANYTHING in the stove. This results in homeowners burning anything like paper, paper products, trash, plastics and so many more and this practice often leads to devastating results.
Here is a question that could possibly extend the life of your outdoor wood burning stove:
‘’Outdoor furnaces are personal trash incinerators.’’
Facts about incinerating trash using outdoor wood burning stoves:
- Nature’s Comfort is becoming a household name when it comes to outdoor furnaces; no wonder it is one of the most highly recommended brands in North America. And even when it is high quality outdoor wood stove, it should only be used to burn seasoned wood and wood pellets.
- Educate yourself on the best practices while operating and maintaining your wood burning stove. Look up existing laws about what you can and cannot burn in your stove.
- Prohibit the burning of trash on your outdoor wood burning stove. This will not just be bad for the environment but it could also help preserve the function of an outdoor stove. Top companies like Nature’s Comfort warns against burning materials such as plastics, gasoline, rubber, naphtha, household garbage, material treated with petroleum products as well as leaves, paper products and cardboard.
- Instead of burning trash or popping them in the stove to burn, you should think of recycling instead. Recycling will all help ease the accumulation of trash in landfills and reduce the risk of damaging wood furnaces and similar equipment.
- Finally, to be able to make this plight more efficient, every outdoor wood burning stove should follow strict guidelines on how to use and how to maintain a stove. Contact customer service if you have questions about stove’s operation and of course you must remember that stoves are not for incinerating other materials.
As a smart homeowner, you should also check out the EPA website regarding its new guidelines on how to use and maintain outdoor wood stoves. Check out the numbers and specific guidelines:
Currently, there are 16 million fireplaces in use in the United States and they are not regulated according to EPA. There are 10 million indoor wood stoves according to EPA, and 75-80 percent of them are not EPA certified and are exempt from emissions regulation. There are millions more wood burning appliances including indoor wood furnaces, recreational wood burning devices and other unregulated wood burning appliances, such as barrel stoves. Currently, there are approximately 200,000 outdoor wood furnaces in use, which is less than 1 percent of the wood burning appliances being used in the U.S. When all wood burning appliances are compared to the hundreds of millions of automobiles and industrial emissions sources, wood burning is a very small fraction of the total PM emissions.
You can significantly reduce the problems and the risks of using an outdoor wood burning stove when you follow EPA guidelines in the use of this outdoor appliances.