Consumers – Best Burn Practices
If you’re seeing smoke come from your wood burning fireplace either inside or too much outside, then you’ve probably done something wrong. This article posted on Epa.gov will give you all the tips and tricks you need to know to build and maintain a good fire that’s not damaging to you, your home or the environment. You need to start off by using well-seasoned wood, which means it has to start drying at least six months before you plan to use it. Green wood, or non-seasoned wood can cause rapid creosote buildup in your chimney and is a common cause of house fires. You also need to make sure you’re burning wood that’s meant to be used in a fireplace. Garbage, plastics, treated wood and other types of coated materials can produce toxic gas that is harmful. You’ll want to read the full article here to get all the great information.
9 Great Wood Heating Tips
While wood burning stoves and fireplaces are a fine and economical way to heat your home, there are some things to consider if you’re going to be as eco-friendly as possible. In this article by Eartheasy for eartheasy.com, they look at the possible detrimental outcomes from using a wood burning fireplace or wood stove. While in many ways it’s a good option, if you also want to make it as ecologically sound as possible then it’s very important to make sure your fires are good and hot and properly built and maintained using the right wood for fuel. Particulates from wood fires can cause respiratory problems if the fires are too smoky or burning the wrong materials. Get all the information on the best way to use your wood stove or wood burning fireplace to minimize your environmental impact, by reading the full article here.
10 Tips for Maintaining a Wood-Burning Fireplace
There’s nothing as relaxing as a nice wood burning fire on a chilly evening. In addition to providing a wonderful atmosphere, using a wood burning stove or a wood burning fireplace can be a great help in shaving a bit off your heating bills. While there’s a lot of great things about having a wood burning heat source in your home, this article by S.H. Wallick for diynetwork.com, points out a few of the side effects that you’ll want to mitigate when using your wood burning fireplace or wood burning stove. From making sure you get a proper inspection once a year from a licensed chimney sweep, to making sure you’re only burning properly seasoned wood and using non glossy paper for kindling, you want to make sure that your love of a good fire will not detrimentally impact your friends and neighbors. The article also gives some great tips on how to improve the heating efficiency of your fireplace or wood burning stove, allowing it to provide more heat, with less smoke both inside your home and outside from your chimney. You’ll want to read the entire article here to get all the great information on how to improve your wood stove or fireplace performance.