Is Using Outdoor Wood Heating Stoves Bad for the Environment?

A lot of concern is to whether using an outdoor wood heating stove is bad for the environment. Those that have never used this kind of residential or commercial heating do not really understand what wood heating stoves are and what they contribute to the environment. Wood heat is a misunderstood means to provide heat and hot water and therefore its use and its impact should be focused on.

One homeowner that was interested in using a wood burning stove confessed that the only thing that kept her from doing it is that the notion that wood heat is bad for the environment. Here are some facts to help guide people like her that are new to using an outdoor wood burning stove.

Outdoor wood burning stove facts:

Biomass fuels, such as wood, are “carbon neutral,” this means that these do not generate a net increase in greenhouse gas emissions compared to using fossil fuel generated electricity, natural gas, fuel oil, kerosene, liquefied petroleum gas, and coal. Heating your home with renewable resources such as wood will be able to help lessen your dependence to fossil fuels and foreign oil.

It is even estimated that heating an average home with wood can save enough nonrenewable fossil fuel to operate an automobile for a full year. It is also a fact that any homeowner could own an outdoor wood burning stove. He just needs to follow these tips to ensure that her stove will provide years upon years of service

  1. Follow correct maintenance and operation according to your stove’s manufacturer. Different stoves have their own ways on how they are operated and therefore you should never even attempt to use one without first reading your owner’s manual.
  2. Follow the recommended type of wood for your wood stove. Be sure to use only seasoned or treated wood which has very little water content so you can efficiently use your stove. If you prepare your own wood, it is a must to dry it out indoors when it is cold or rainy outdoors; stack them in a neat pile so that these will dry completely. You may place wood out in the sun as well. You can tell if wood is ready or has been properly treated by checking for cracks on the ends of the wood and also a hollow sound when you knock on the wood.
  3. Do not forget burning your stove in a very high temperature so that you can avoid creosote formation which could diminish the efficiency of your stove. Creosote that accumulates in your chimney and in the small tubes from the stove to the home could accumulate creosote which is very hard to remove.
  4. Finally, purchase only EPA phase 2 outdoor wood burning stoves. When you purchase as approved stove you can guarantee that you are using, safe, efficient and clean and will never have emissions that could cost the health and cleanliness of the environment.  Nature’s Comfort offers a Phase 2 Qualified outdoor wood furnace which is the GT-6000.  You can find out more information on that unit by clicking here.

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