Let's Clear the Air about Wood Burning (without throwing more fuel on the fire):
By heating with wood we do not contribute to the greenhouse effect as we would by heating with one of the fossil fuels like oil and gas. When oil and gas are burned, carbon that was buried for thousands of years is released in the form of carbon dioxide which then contributes to global warming. Carbon does makes up about half the weight of firewood and is released as carbon dioxide when the wood is burned. This is part of a natural cycle. A tree absorbs carbon dioxide from the air as it grows and uses this carbon to build its structure. When the tree falls and decays in the forest, or is processed into firewood and burned, the carbon is released again to the atmosphere. This cycle can be repeated forever without increasing atmospheric carbon. Heating with wood, therefore, does not contribute to the greenhouse effect. Also, when wood is used instead of fossil fuels, the result is a net reduction in greenhouse emissions.
I agree. that burning wood may not be the perfect choice, but what is? For some of us, it is the best option because it is taken right from our back yards. I compare it to having a vegetable garden instead of importing the food.
Rob, I sure admired the shaked roofs in the pictures, too.
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