Wood stoves bring romance of the campfire. You sit in front of the orange glow as the night chill begins to bite. Logs, sputtering and pitting, keep our homes warm in style. Nothing seems to go against wood stoves. Why buy one? Wood is carbon neutral. This means, growing it pulls in as much carbon dioxide from the air as when it is released into the atmosphere when burned. This implies you must buy the right wood, burn the right way, and in the right appliance. Here are some things what you can do to accomplish this: Burn only seasoned wood Regulate heat in a proper way Ensure safety Upgrade the stove, if possible Fortunately, all wood stoves are certified by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). An accredited laboratory independently tests both catalytic and non-catalytic stoves for particulate emission limits stipulated by the EPA.
So, where do you start? Decide whether you want a wood burner, which is a log burner or a wooden pellet burner. The rep at the stove can help you decide on this, or you may need to consult a specialist engineer. If your fireplace is old-fashioned, upgrade it by using an energy efficient fireplace insert. Next, decide on the proper location of the chimney. Where there is fire, there is smoke, so no way you can do without one. If your home does not have a traditional chimney, install a stainless steel pipe running all the way up. Do not forget to check the building regulations in your area, especially with regard to smoke control regulations. Even if you are living in a smoke controlled area, there is nothing to stop you in joining the bandwagon. Today, the market has super clean burning stoves, given exemption. If domestic gas prices go out of control, wood stoves may make economic sense.