With resources being top of people’s thoughts, the efficient use of all fuels is becoming paramount.
Wood is a renewable resource and the most environmentally friendly fuel to burn.
Does burning wood contribute to global warming?
Unlike fossil fuels; oil, coal and gas, burning wood is co2 neutral and does not add to the overall greenhouse gas effect. There is no difference in the amount of co2 released from a piece of burned firewood than a piece left to rot in a wood.
As trees grow, they absorb co2 with help from the suns energy and unlike fossil fuels, only return the same amount of co2 that was absorbed, thus they do not contribute to global warming.
How can stoves help?
Stoves contribute towards cleaner air and energy conservation by burning wood in a highly efficient stove. Efficient stoves utilise nearly all the energy in the wood. The smoke coming out of the chimney consists mainly of water vapours, resulting in a minimal strain on the environment.
The more heat efficient a stove, the less fuel is required and the less emissions. You will therefore be reducing your carbon footprint.
How you can be environmentally friendly:
- Burn clean, dry fuels at high temperatures with an adequate air supply.
- Don’t use wet fuel or fuel that is unsuitable for the appliance.
- Don’t overfill the firebox.
- Use timber from well managed and renewable forests, as any emissions are comparatively low in co2 and the planting of new trees can help to reduce global warming.
- If smoke from your chimney is white or barely visible then your stove is working at peak efficiency.