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Wood Burning Tips for a Green Hearth
Green Wood Burning Tips
Keep your hearth green!
Here are some wood burning tips to help you get the best from your wood burner or fireplace.
Wood can be one of the most eco-friendly of fuels to use at home but, as with so many things in life, there's more to it than meets the eye.
This article from CSNstores.com gives you some of the best wood burning tips to keep you warm and green!
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Burn Green without Losing Green!
Some eco-friendly wood burning tips When it comes to staying warm during the cold winter months, nothing beats the soft glow and sharp crackling sounds of a fire in the fireplace. While there are plenty of "woodless" home heating options (space heaters and electric , for instance), a real wood-burning fire just feels cozier. Here's the dilemma - critics say that wood burning isn't very eco-friendly. While this is true to a degree, there are some other things you need to take into account.
Burning wood doesn't significantly contribute to global warming - that's mostly all caused by burning fossil fuels, which release CO2 into the atmosphere.
By burning wood, you're actually speeding up the release of CO2 captured in trees, which would otherwise be released when the tree dies or rots away. Clear-cutting and burning forests down, however does contribute to global warming.
Burning wood also contributes to air pollution, which could be potentially harmful for everyone. Any smoke that escapes from your wood-burning stove or fireplace unburned is wasted fuel that sticks to your chimney as creosote or is released as air pollution.
While there are negatives associated with burning wood, if you make sure and follow some guidelines, the negative impact you have on the environment can be greatly reduced.
Consider these green wood burning tips to get the most from your fuel.
Buy Local It's a good idea to buy local wood whenever possible. Local wood harvested by the owner of a wood lot has a clear investment in sustainably producing wood from his land. Essentially, he's going to keep planting trees to stay in business.
Burn the Right Woods Choosing the right kind of wood to burn is essential in heating your home in a more eco-friendly way. It's generally acceptable to burn wood that has been dried for at least 6 months. Additionally, it's preferable that you burn hardwoods over softwoods. The resins found in softwood can increase the amount of smoke and air pollution released by your fire. Additionally, you should make sure that your wood is coming from a dense species of tree - oak or hickory, for instance. Wood from these trees burns hotter so this is a more efficient use of the tree.
Upgrade Your Wood Burning AppliancesAn old or poorly installed wood stove or fire place insert can result in higher maintenance costs, greater risk of smoke in your home, not to mention more environmental pollution.
Before it gets too cold, make sure that you have a proper...
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